There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in a thermal hot pool while gazing at the starry night sky above. Fortunately the Bay of Plenty is blessed with many geothermal hot springs, allowing you to bathe in toasty temperatures all year round varying from 30°C to 40°C.
Our hot pools are often surrounded by beautiful native bush and many have private pools, colder pools, toddler pools and BBQ facilities as well. No matter where along our coastline you’re staying, there’ll be a hot pool within easy reach. So check out the options available below and get ready to unwind…
Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park
Athenree Road, Athenree, Tauranga
Tucked inside this holiday park are two natural mineral pools which are fed from an aquifer 250m below ground. The pure thermal water feels silky soft on your skin and the continuous flow of spring water creates tiny bubbles that will soothe your soul. The water is replenished every 3-4 hours and the smaller of the two pools is reserved for adults only.
Sapphire Springs Holiday Park
274 Hot Springs Road, Katikati
Pack a picnic and spend the day here beside the largest hot pool you’ll find in the Bay. Your kids will love the big slide into the main pool, or you can enjoy several smaller soaking pools which are a little warmer. Undercover BBQs and seating are available.
Omokoroa Tourist Park and Thermal Hot Pools
165 Omokoroa Road, Tauranga
Take your pick from three outdoor hot pools in Omokoroa which vary in size, depth and range in temperature from 35°C to 39°C. The thermal alkaline water is sourced from a hot rock stream that sits just meters below the earth’s surface. This is the perfect spot for a languid soak and quiet relaxation while you’re on holiday.
Fernland Spa Mineral Hot Pools
250 Cambridge Road, Tauranga
Lush native bush including beautiful punga trees surround Fernland Spa, providing a peaceful retreat in the middle of suburban Tauranga. There’s built-in seating and the pool is always sparkling clean. Private pools (some with jets) are also available.
Ōropi Hot Pools, Cafe & Beauty Spa
1 Warner Road, Ōropi
This landscaped hot pool is tucked away in the Ōropi hills and offers a tranquil, rural setting. The water is clean and clear, and there are also private indoor spas available to hire (choose the open roof private pool if you like to star gaze). There’s a great little café for a bite to eat afterwards and a massage and beauty therapy service.
Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools
9 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui
Hot salt water eases aches and pains and is believed to help improve mobility and detoxify our bodies. A variety of pools are nestled right at the base of Mauao and feature massage jets, shade sails and built-in seating. There’s a terrific toddlers’ pool and you can treat yourself to a soothing massage or private pool if you wish. This is one of the Bay’s top tourist attractions and shouldn’t be missed.
Welcome Bay Hot Pools and Holiday Park
409 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga
These family-friendly natural thermal mineral pools have been a local favourite for years. Three circular pools interlink and the temperature and depth vary so there’s a spot to suit everyone. There are also plenty of BBQs and picnic tables around for socialising with your family and friends.
Awakeri Hot Springs
SH 30, 16km from Whakatāne
If you’re staying in Whakatāne or elsewhere in the Eastern Bay, this gem is worth the short drive to Awakeri. These hot pools are located inside a rustic camp ground and are surrounded by native bush and glorious birdsong. Shade is available down one end of the main pool, and a shallow pool for children is also on site.
For more information, pictures and a map showing all hot pool locations, visit the New Zealand Hot Pools website; check out how many are in the Bay of Plenty!