• Taupō’s Top Geothermal Hot Pools and Natural Springs

July 19, 2023

Taupō, located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, is known for its stunning lake, hot pools and natural springs and geothermal wonders. Once you’ve turned up the thrills with a jetboat ride on our whitewater rapids, chances are you’re looking for a way to relax and unwind afterwards. Look no further Taupō and the surrounding region offers an array of geothermal hot pools and natural hot springs to soak the day away in. So grab your swimsuit and towel and get ready to chillax. 

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools - hot pools

Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa

Nestled in a picturesque geothermal valley, Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa offers a stunning collection of natural silica hot pools. Immerse yourself in the soothing waters, enriched with minerals that will sooth and heal your skin. These pools provide the perfect setting for relaxation and indulgence, surrounded by stunning native flora and cascading terraces. Plus, three adults-only pools offer the perfect respite away from the kids! The spa also offers a range of wellness therapies and treatments for that something extra. 

DeBretts Hot Springs 

DeBretts Hot Springs is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. With a variety of hot pools ranging in temperatures, you can find the perfect spot to unwind and soak away your stresses. The complex also features thrilling water slides, a children’s play area, and a luxurious day spa, ensuring a delightful experience for the whole family. 

AC Baths Hot Pools 

Located just a 5 minute drive from town, the AC Baths are thermally heated using natural hot water. Consisting of a large outdoor pool with multiple toddler areas, lap pools and a sauna – this complex has it all. The whole family are sure to find fun with a tarzan swing, hydroslides and an indoor learn-to swim pool. 

Otumuheke Stream  

Otumuheke is a historical bathing and meeting place for Māori and locals. Visitors are treated to heated natural rock pools and views of the crystal clear Waikati River. The natural hot pools are a very special place to sit back and enjoy the thermal mineral waters.  

Complimenting the hot pools is recently renovated changing rooms, lockers and toilets and a rivers edge lounging platform. The natural spring is open to all, 7 days a week and free to enjoy.  

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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave

Nestled in the Hidden Valley, 25 minutes drive from Taupo is the Lake Ohakuri. Embark on a scenic ferry trip across the lake to reach the awe-inspiring Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave. Marvel at the striking formations, vibrant silica terraces, and bubbling mud pools. The park is also home to a geothermal cave, where you can explore the hidden wonders of underground hot springs in this unique wonderland. 

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

For an authentic geothermal experience, head to the Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the valley’s lush native bush and encounter a diverse range of natural wonders, including steaming cliffs, boiling mud pools, and colourful springs. While you cannot soak in the hot springs here, the picturesque landscapes and natural geothermal activity make it a must-visit destination. 

Whether you seek relaxation, wellness, or excitement, these top attractions provide a perfect blend of nature’s wonders and recreational activities. So, pack your swimsuit, embark on a jet boat ride, and let Taupō’s geothermal treasures rejuvenate your body and soul, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

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