There’s no better way to click into holiday mode than to soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool or indulge in a relaxing therapeutic treatment.
New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This causes a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through.
Since the 19th century kiwis have enjoyed these hot pools, with some believing that sitting in mineral water helps with medical problems. Others simply enjoy the luxurious feeling of naturally-heated water helping to relax weary bodies.
The country's natural hot pools include picturesque springs in forests only accessible by walking tracks and isolated roads. These pools are truly magical – here, you can enjoy a soak amongst lush native bush serenaded by birdsong. A favourite amongst the locals, these types of hot pools are part of New Zealand’s many natural gems and include places like Kerosene Creek in Rotorua and Hot Water Beach in The Coromandel.
If you’re after something a little more modern, thermal pool complexes can be found in both the North and South Island, at Waiwera just north of Auckland, Rotorua and Taupo in the central North Island, and Hanmer Springs in the South Island.
New Zealand’s larger cities offer luxurious day spas that make an ideal addition to your holiday. There are also quiet retreats in the countryside or deep in the forest that combine relaxing therapies with picturesque landscapes. In a day or two you’ll feel and look like a new person.