New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal activity, and you will find some amazing natural hot springs you can bathe in, located mainly in the Central Plateau’s Volcanic Region in the North Island, the Volcanic Plateau stretches south-west from the Bay of Plenty coast to Mt Ruapehu in the central North Island. In the South Island you will predominantly find heated glacier springs used for bathing.
Hot mineral bathing is part of the local New Zealand kiwi culture, and for the lucky ones living near a hot pool it is part of a daily wellness routine.
The Maori term for these springs and pools is “waiariki”, and we know that the very first people to live in New Zealand used to visit these springs to utilise their warmth and natural health properties.
To find a list of all hot pools and spas in New Zealand visit newzealandsbestspas.co.nz. On this website you can also review and rate the hot pools and spas you have visited.