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Hot Springs in Rotorua, Rotorua Overview

Rotorua is a popular hub for outdoor activities. Most notably, the thermal activity makes it rank among the top tourist destinations of New Zealand. The thermal springs of Rotorua make it an overwhelming and relaxing vacation for tourists. There are plenty of spots in and near Rotorua to enjoy mud pools and thermal hot springs.

You don’t need to wander far away to experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. You can easily find bubbling mud pools and hissing geysers around the city. A few of them are even free to visit! You can find Kerosene Creek and Hells Gate outside the main town of Rotorua. Visiting the natural hot springs in and around Rotorua is a favourite pastime for visitors. As autumn approaches and the days get shorter, the weather gets cooler. Yet, in Rotorua, this is never a deterrent to stepping out. The secluded geothermal pools promise warmth and relaxation.

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Lake Rotorua

The shores of the famous lake Rotorua have thermal spas and natural hot springs. Enjoy a cruise around the lake followed by soaking in the hot springs at Kuirau Park at the Te Kohanga area. You can also pamper yourself at one of the luxurious spas like Hell’s Gate or the Polynesian spas which are present in the geothermal area of Tikitere between the lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua.

Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley

Just south of Rotorua, experience the boiling mud pools and the steaming vents of the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley in Te Puia. It is well known for the Te Horu and Pohutu geysers. You can sample some food traditionally cooked in the hot springs, visit the Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute to enjoy a cultural performance and spot or capture Kiwi birds.


While you enjoy the views of the Tarawera Volcano drive along the Thermal Highway. You can marvel at the spectacular Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland mud pools and the Lady Knox Geyser. Take a dip into the steaming thermal waters at Wai-oTapu Bridge. If you opt for the full or half day tours from Rotorua to Wai-o-Tapu, you can also visit the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley or combine it with a tour of the Hobbiton movie set.

Waikite Valley

Waikite Valley falls en route to Taupo. With numerous facilities, high mineral content, 100 percent natural geothermal waters, the eco-trail, a camp ground and private pools, this is a top spot for families. Near the Waikite Valley thermal pools, the Kerosene Creek is also popular for bathing and swimming.

Best Time to Visit Hot Springs in Rotorua

Winters in Rotorua are rather cold. The temperature dips down to 15 degrees celsius and further to 9 degrees. The very few hours of sunlight ensures there’s a slight nip in the air. Still, the season is great for a trip to Rotorua. A layer of warm clothes can keep you comfortable. You may not feel like going out for other outdoor activities but the geothermal springs will sound really welcoming. When it is cold outside, you can best enjoy the springs, hot pools and mud pools. The spa facilities, as well as the natural springs, will help you relax and keep you warm.

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