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Winter brings cold weather, flannel pajamas and lots of time spent indoors. The last thing people think about doing in the winter is jumping into the ocean or a pool. What if we told you there was a way to stay warm this winter AND get your feet wet?
In New Zealand there are a ton of hot water and thermal phenomenons that make soaking in the water an amazing experience year-round. Whether you’re traveling during the US Winter or the NZ Winter (May-July), these hot water experiences will not disappoint.
Hot Water Beach – Mercury Bay
Located on the east side of the North Island, Hot Water Beach is a unique experience to dig your toes in the sand and relax in the natural hot water. For just $5 you can rent a shovel and during low tide dig your own personal spa. Hot water will rise up below the sand and you can kick back, relax and enjoy this natural phenomenon.
Our local Kiwi tells us the water is VERY hot, so be prepared. The bonus, if you get too warm, just take a short walk to the ocean to cool off!
Waiwera Thermal Resort - Waiwera
Just north of Auckland, Waiwera is a popular thermal water destination. Enjoy the natural hot water thermal pools surrounded by native New Zealand Fauna. It’ll feel like you’ve escaped to your own personal island spa. Plus this stop is family friendly! Parents can relax in the hot water spas while their kids enjoy the water slides!
Taupo Thermal Hot Pools - Taupo
Located in the middle of the North Island, the Hot Pools in Taupo are a great place to stop whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family of four looking for a soft adventure. It offers a number of attractions anyone can enjoy. While some of their services do cost, Otumuheke Stream is a hot stream that flows into Waikato River and visitors are welcome to stop by and relax.
There are lots of little hot spots along the way – just follow the steam!
Hells Gate - Rotorua
Hells Gate is an awesome way to experience the thermal phenomenon in Rotorua in a relaxing spa setting. It also provides an interactive way to experience the geothermal opportunities the area has to offer. Most people come to see Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere! It’s a special waterfall to the Maori people because they believe the sulfur in the water healed their ancestor’s years ago. If you’d rather stay in, there are a number of hot mud spas in the park too.
Polynesian Springs - Rotorua
This is one of NZ’s oldest spa attractions and a must see if you’re traveling through Rotorua. You can choose to relax in a Hot Mineral Bath, take part in one of their numerous spa treatments or experience the healing properties of one of their mud treatments. Whatever you choose, the Polynesian Springs provide a place to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the hot water year-round.
Onsen Hot Pools - Queenstown
Travel down to Queenstown in the South Island for this relaxing gem. The Onsen Hot Pools provide a romantic backdrop for any traveling couple. Filled with a soothing and nature provided combination of rain water, purified lake water and mountain spring water, the pools are truly a natural source of relaxation. Relax in private bathing rooms with breathtaking mountain views. You won’t want to leave!
These are just a few of the thermal and hot water experiences throughout New Zealand. There are still a number of places just waiting to be discovered by you. Want to hear about more hot water opportunities? Give us a call toll free 888-359-2877 (Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm Central US)!
We’ve been helping plan trips to New Zealand since 1999 and would love to help you plan your relaxing getaway! Visit AboutNewZealand.com if you want to check out our pre-planned package or let us put together a custom trip just for you!