Don’t quite get why people reckon the place is pricy, it’s only $25/adult whole day, is this pricy? certainly not compare with Polynesia Spa and most of hot pools in Rotorua.
I just back from Wairakei Terraces today, fabulous experience, absolutely hidden treasure! We went to earlier morning around 9:15am, only 6 people inc. us in the pools, the pool surrounded by bushes and stones, quiet and beautiful, there is small waterfall in one of the pool, sit near around the waterfall to feel water dropping and the heat is amazing. Definitely a must-go place for hot pools.
There is Wairakei resort 500 meters away, looks like a good place to stay over night, might try next time.