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Morere Hotsprings, Gisborne Overview

Morere Springs is not just famous for the hot springs but also for its scenic reserve that is accessible by a lot of different walking tracks. Located 40 kilometres to the north-east of Wairoa and 60 kilometres to the south-west of Gisborne, Morere Hot Springs is a 363-hectare reserve. It is one of the last remaining tracts of coastal native forest on the east coast. Surrounded by beautiful trees and a ton of rain forest, Morere Hot Springs is a hot pool under shelter predominantly for the purpose of relaxation. It also gives a good opportunity to socialize with other people. It consists of 8 pools, each with different temperatures.


Morere Hotsprings

Morere Springs is famous not just for the hot springs but also for its scenic reserve that is accessible by a lot of different walking tracks. The track can be a 25 minute or a 2-hour long walk. The tracks consist of Nikau Pool track, Nikau Loop track, Mangakawa track and Ridge track which takes 15 minutes, 25 minutes, 2.5 hours and 2 hours to cover respectively. By taking a walk in these tracks, one can get a tropical feel with lots of Palm trees, Nakau Palms in particular. Nikau means ‘No coconuts’ in Maori. But these palms have pretty pink flowers on them. One can learn a lot about the forest from the interpretation alongside the walk. One can also learn more about the spring waters that goes into the Morere Hot Springs. The water that is used here is known as fossilized seawater because it is travelled for thousands of years before bubbling up to the surface and being used to be pumped into the hot springs. The spring looks like a really small stream of water but it produces 250,000 litres of water every day.

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Morere Hotsprings Lodge

The 30-acre property offers the perfect environment for a vacation or even for a day. Clean and affordable cottages with friendly farm animals let free creates a great vibe in one’s mind. The cottages contain 2 bedrooms which are insulated and heated well with a heat pump. The holiday park also has the Smokey Bros Cafe which serves delicious food for the guests. During summer, the guests are also allowed to swim in the big river swimming pool. There are a total of 16 rooms in the holiday park that provide welcoming facilities, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Wi-Fi as well. The price for one night can range from 60 NZD to 120 NZD.
There are also 100-year-old farmhouses with 5 bedrooms that accommodate up to 12 guests. It included Blackberry Hill farm and Whiorau Farmstay. Dogs and Horses are also allowed but must be informed in advance.


Other than swimming in the hot spring pools, one can also engage in other activities such as-
1) Morere Hot springs Cafe-
After dipping into a relaxing pool, you can grab a bite at The Morere hot springs cafe for a coffee, cold drink or hot and delicious snacks.
2) BBQ’s-
These electronic machines can be easily operated by inserting coins in them. Pre-booking of the grills is not necessary.
3) Arts and Crafts-
The Arts and Crafts store at Morere Springs offers a great collection of jewellery like Greenstone, bone and paua jewellery. They also sell local honey and other handmade products.
4) Blackberry Hill Farm Ladies activities-
If you want to spend the day learning something and also having fun, head to the Blackberry Hill Farm where they offer 3-hour courses on Aromatherapy, Natural Perfume Making, Energy Diagnosis, and Palm reading. One session costs 20 NZD per person and it limits to 6 people. Own or Customised group spots can be booked.
Tuesday, 9 am – 12 pm: Perfume Making
Wednesday, 9 am – 12 pm: Energy Diagnosis
Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm: Palm Reading
One can also learn interesting facts about weed and wildflowers at 10 NZD per person.

Morere Hot Springs Cost

Entry fee to use public pools and reserve:
• Adult swimmers 14 NZD
• Children swimmers 7 NZD
• Non-swimmers/toddlers 3 NZD

Entry fee to use private pools:
18 NZD per adult for half an hour
12 NZD per child under 15 for half an hour

• Towel hire 3 NZD
• Swimmers nappy Small, Medium, Large sizes 2 NZD each

How To Reach Morere Hotsprings

Gisborne Airport is the closest to the Morere Hot Springs with a distance of 40km. From Wairoa, it takes 30 mins to reach the Hot Springs. One can also take the ‘Willington-Central-Gisborne’ bus from Wairoa for 10 NZD per person to reach the hot springs.

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