Free and affordable geothermal hot pools in Rotorua

Experience the natural wonders of the Rotorua geothermal hot pools that are totally unique to New Zealand, and around the world.

With the arrival of autumn we can safely start to expect shorter days and cooler weather. But don't let this be a deterrent to getting outside and exploring all that Rotorua has to offer. While the lakes might not be as inviting as they were during the peak of summer, Rotorua has many secluded natural geothermal hot pools to keep you warm during the autumn months.

Here are the best free and cheap Rotorua geothermal hot pools that are totally unique to New Zealand, and around the world.


Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools

Only accessible by boat, located right on the water’s edge overlooking the lake, Rotoiti Hot Pools is a completely idyllic location to relax. Open 365 days of the year, enjoy crisp winter morning dip, an afternoon picnic, or a romantic evening soaking in the pools under a starlit night. Enjoy the native New Zealand forest which surrounds the six hot geothermal mineral pools and the clear blue lake waters.

Rotoiti Hot Pools is only accessible by boat or kayak If you don’t have your own boat and would also enjoy a day out on Lake Rotoiti, take a chartered cruise on a luxury Catamaran with Pure Cruise.

At only $10 per adult (12+ years) and $5 per child (5 to 12 years) for a full day stay there is no reason for not making the trip out to Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools (all children under 5 swim free).


Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Located in an idyllic outdoor rural setting, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is only a scenic 20 minute drive south of Rotorua. There is something for everyone with six different geothermal hot pools including a family friendly splash pool, tranquil garden pools, and private hot pools. All their hot pools draw geothermal water from the Te Manaroa natural boiling spring the largest single source of 100% pure boiling water in New Zealand. Waikite Valley is one of the only thermal hot pools in New Zealand using only 100% pure natural geothermal water.

Adults $15.00, Children (5-15 years), Under 5’s $3.00 and family passes are available.


Waiotapu Stream aka “Hot and cold”

Follow the road further south of Rotorua and you will find Waiotapu Stream. This stream is unlike any you will have encountered before as a hot spring flows into the cold stream waters (hence the name hot and cold). Move around the river to find the perfect temperature to relax with friends and other locals and visitors who have also stumbled across this amazing natural phenomenon.

Visiting the Waiotapu stream is absolutely free!


Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek is another similar natural geothermal hot water bathing experience surround by native New Zealand bush just 35km south of Rotorua. Once you find the place to stop on the side of the road, follow a small dirt track down to the natural geothermal hot pool filled by a large hot Waterfall!

Kerosene creek is also absolutely free.