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Sit Back & Soak In These Heavenly Hot Pools

Posted in Exploring the Bay

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.

Discover more about the Athenree Hot Springs and Holiday Park here.


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.

Discover more about the Sapphire Springs Holiday Park here.

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.

Discover more about the Omokoroa Tourist Park and Thermal Hot Pools here.


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.

Discover more about the Fernland Spa Mineral Hot Pools here.

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.

Discover more about the Ōropi Hot Pools, Cafe & Beauty Spa here.


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.

Discover more about the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools here.

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.

Discover more about the Welcome Bay Hot Pools and Holiday Park here.


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.

Discover more about the Awakeri Hot Springs here.


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!


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