Best thermal pools and hotels in New Zealand

Find out where you can relax and soak in rejuvenating thermal waters.

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Thermal hot pools have been renowned for their healing properties for hundreds of years. As well as being great for relieving skin irritations and exfoliating, the naturally-heated water can boost blood circulation, eliminate toxins and alleviate muscle and joint pain.

New Zealand is one of the few places in the world that has plenty of thermal pools, parks and resorts that you can visit at any time of year, with many offering gorgeous views, spa treatments and other fun activities to enjoy. Whether you are with a partner, friend or the whole family, check out our list of the best thermal pools and hotels in New Zealand.

Best for adults

Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel

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Just 25 minutes from Cambridge, heritage-listed Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel is an ideal setting for a relaxing break. This location has three thermal mineral springs tucked away in native ferns just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, so you can sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. If you’re feeling a bit more energetic, you can take part in one of the many activities nearby, including golfing, fishing, mountain biking, walking or taking a tour of the Hobbiton movie set.

  • Choose from a room or chalet
  • Onsite restaurant and bar
  • Games room
  • Modern home comforts
  • Wedding and event facilities
  • Rooms from $160 a night

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Maruia Hot Springs

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Disconnect from civilisation and bathe in mineral hot springs in this beautiful spot 2½ hours from Christchurch. Relax in one of the outdoor pools surrounded by mountains and native bush or opt for a private indoor pool instead. Check out one of the nearby walking tracks to stretch your legs and then book a spa treatment to round off the day.

  • Two onsite dining facilities
  • Range of massages and facials
  • Sweat away toxins in the rock sauna
  • Watch birds and wildlife while bathing
  • 24-hour access to pools and sauna while staying
  • Rooms from $279 a night

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The Lost Spring

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Discovered in 1989 near the centre of Whitianga, The Lost Spring features rejuvenating pools among native bush with temperatures ranging from 32-41 degrees. Explore the swim-in crystal cave before enjoying the poolside food and beverage service then top the day off with a relaxing massage at the day spa.

  • Children under 14 not permitted
  • Healthy meals and fresh juices
  • No booking required
  • Range of spa treatments
  • Pool and spa packages available
  • Half-day pool entry $60
Where to stay: Oceans Resort Whitianga is less than a 10-minute walk from The Lost Spring, with prices starting at $190 a night for a one-bedroom apartment.

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Best for families

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

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There’s plenty to do at Hanmer Springs, one of the most well-known thermal parks in New Zealand. Have a go on the hydroslides or simply relax in one of the many pools with mineral-rich waters while enjoying the garden and mountain views. If you want to indulge even more, book a spa treatment with everything from manicures to massages on offer.

  • 90 minutes from Christchurch
  • Pamper packages
  • Children’s activity pool
  • Private pools
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor dining
  • Snacks and restaurant meals
Where to stay: Hanmer Springs Retreat is just a 10-minute walk from the thermal pools and has studios from $242 per night.

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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

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Whether your accommodation budget allows for a campsite or a deluxe family unit, Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort has plenty to keep the whole family busy. As well as the outdoor mineral hot pools surrounded by waterfalls and native fauna, there’s a kid’s warm water playground and hydroslides. For adults looking for some quiet time, the indoor private pools and day spa are worth checking out.

  • Range of accommodation options
  • Onsite cafe
  • Spa treatments
  • Free or discounted waterpark passes for staying onsite
  • BBQ facilities
  • 15-minute drive from Lake Taupo and Huka Falls
  • Cabins from $84 a night

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Lake Taupo Resort

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At Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, you’ll find the only thermally heated lagoon-style pool with a bar and cafe that you can swim up to. Sit back and enjoy a cocktail while supervising the children in the kid’s pool, and in winter take in an evening movie on the massive outdoor screen.

  • Cabins, self-contained units and campsites
  • Children’s play area, games room and DVD rental
  • Bicycle rental
  • Basketball and tennis court
  • Onsite cafe and bar
  • Cabins from $125 a night

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On a budget

 Waikite valley thermal pools

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The only complex of its size using 100% pure natural geothermal water, Waikite Valley is an ideal place to soak away your stress among nature’s ambience. There are five bathing pools included in your ticket as well as private pools (extra cost), and you can either stay onsite at the campground or book into nearby accommodation.

  • Adults $20, children $11 – ticket includes entry to Te Manaroa Spring Eco-Trail walkway
  • 25 minutes from Rotorua
  • Family pass and soak packages available
  • Changing facilities
  • Cafe with snacks, meals and drinks
Where to stay: Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park is a 10-minute drive from Waikite and has dorms from $30 a night, cabins from $84 and self-contained units from $160.

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