Soak your saddle-weary muscles in a hot tub, recharge in a mineral pool or relax at a leading spa on New Zealand’s cycle trails.
Graded easiest, the Hauraki Rail Trail, located in The Coromandel and Waikato Regions, winds its way from Thames to Waihi and Te Aroha – the home of Te Aroha Mineral Spas. Set in a beautiful Edwardian building, you can choose from two kinds of relaxing, refreshing spas. Both spa types are filled with natural hot soda water that has made Te Aroha famous for over 100 years. The private rooms feature ensuites and skylights setting the perfect scene for some post-ride R&R.
Along the Queenstown Trail, Millbrook Resort – New Zealand’s leading spa resort – is the ideal spot to unwind and loosen up after a long ride. With ten treatment rooms and a team of highly skilled therapists, The Spa will rejuvenate even the most tired of riders with different treatments and packages designed to help restore health and wellness levels. Onsen Hot Pools are Queenstown’s only indoor/outdoor hot pools and with the push of a button the front wall and roof retract to reveal incredible views of the Shotover River. The pools are filled with a mixture of mountain spring water, rain water and lake water creating the perfect mix to soothe aching muscles.
On the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in the Mackenzie Country, Tekapo Springs is a recreational facility with stunning views of the Two Thumb Mountain Ranges and Lake Tekapo. You can soak in one of its three hot pools or indulge in a treatment at the onsite day spa – just the relaxation needed after your cycling adventures. Celebrated as a high country oasis of relaxation, the chemical-free and environmentally conscious Omarama Hot Pools are the place to soak up stunning alpine backdrop while giving your muscles a well-deserved rest.
A great way to end your Great Lake Trail adventures in Lake Taupo, one of the most geothermally active areas of New Zealand, is to unwind in a natural thermal hot pool. Set amidst native bush, Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs is a firm favourite of locals and visitors. Along with hot pools, it also has day spa facilities. Wairakei Terraces Hot Pools is another favourite with adults-only natural thermal springs for peace and quiet.