West Coast: 16 Hot Pools in the West Coast Region
Interactive Map Showing Hotpools in The West Coast Region
In the heart of the Southern Alps
Remote and rarely visited, it takes about 2 days to reach this geothermic wonder. The most direct way to this beautiful place is via the Toaroha Valley. Once at the head of the valley, climb the saddle and drop into the Mungo River. Take the track upstream to Mungo Hut.
Perth River, above Scone Hut
Following your nose down the perth river can lead you to many small cold to warm geothermal trickles. The best spot for a dip is not far from Scone Hut, below the Redfield bridge. There is a steady warm flow coming from under a rock into a small pool. Take a shovel as you will most likely need to dig a hole and create several dams. The lower the river level the better the...
Inland from Hokitika, West Coast
The pool is 1.5 metres long by 1 metre wide and would be deep enough to sit it. There was some hot water and some cold water and when mixed would have been warm at best. It wasn't inviting enough for me to try out. A previous tramper in January 2011 wrote in the hut book that they had tried it out and enjoyed it. There has only been 3-4 parties through the area...
Deception River, Arthur's Pass National Park
We came across a warm sulphur creek leading in to the Deception River on our descent from Goat Hut, about 3 quarters of the way down.
Otehake Wilderness Area, Arthur's Pass
I went here with the Canterbury University Tramping Club (CUTC) in about 1994 as one of my first tramps. The hot pool is in the true right branch of the riverjust downstream from an island in the middle. I guess it changes all the time and every time there is a flood. We went in and enjoyed the hot pools at night, it was fantastic! The pool was big enough for about a dozen...
Taipo River, Arthur's Pass
From Taipo river start, good track all way to Julia hut. Some river crossing but safe enough with caution. In hut log book is good directions from DOC. Walk out front door of hut to track directly in front, follow track to gorge river right till you smell tell-tale signs of sulphur and some steam. Will need to excavate a bit to make a pool. There is a bucket and crow bar on bank...
Wanganui River, State Highway 6
spring comes up through the gravel to the side of the river and it hot need to dig a pool
Wanganui River, State Highway 6
The pool is on the side of Hot Springs creek approx 100 metres upstream of its confluence with the Wanganui River on the true left bank about 1 hours walk up the river from the roadend which is approx 5 km north of Harihari.
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Very small - you might get your feet in. On side of a narrow shingle road which goes to Glacier look out point so if you stop and put your feet in fairly high chance someone might hit your car.
Copland River, Westland National Park
Four pools of varying temperatures dug from a mud fan. Welcome Flat Hot Pools have one of the best views in the country, being settled in a valley surrounded by snow capped peaks and native forest. Best after the sandflies go to sleep. In November you can sit in the pools and watch avalanches cascading down the opposite face.The pools are a couple of minutes walk from the DoC hut and campsite (Hut and...
Access to the Hot Springs is through private land. Please contact the Gloriavale Christian Community on 03 738 0224 or 03 738 0257 for permission, so that trampers can be told about possible hunting activities in the valley.
Toaroha River, 30km southeast of Hokitika
The hot pools are located about 10min walk from the Cedar Flat huts. The main pool (and hottest) is located on the opposite side of Wren Creek to where you arrive and is situated right beside the cliff wall. It was dug deep enough for four of us and we had to add 6 buckets of cold water to be able to get in. Was wonderful and the sandflies were minimal (but still there)....
Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
Nestled in lush rainforest, lulled by the sound of gently cascading water, The Glacier Hot Pools invites you to leave your day to day worries behind as you submerge yourself in deliciously warm water, rejuvenating mind, body and soul.The Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way to relax after exploring the rugged West Coast of New Zealandâ€™s South Island.Three invitingly warm main pools await, or you can opt...
State Highway 7, Lewis Pass
Private and public traditional Japanese hotpools and plunge pool in a spectacular mountain setting. The heat for these pools is managed through the natural thermal activity that occurs in the area, so after heavy rainfall the pool temperatures can be affected. Time it right though, and you will experience nature in its most sensational form.
Please Note: The start of both North and South bank routes to the hot pool cross private property. You will need to seek permission from the land owner before visiting. Contact details will be listed below if they are available. Sadly we don't have a decent description for this hotpool. Can you write one?