Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools information
Around 35km south of Rotorua are these excellent open-air pools, formalised in the 1970s but utilised for centuries before then. There are four main pools: two more relaxing, smaller pools, and four private spas, all ranging from 35°C to 40°C. There’s also a cafe and camping (adult/child unpowered sites $22/11, powered sites $25/13; pools free for campers).
To get here, turn right off SH5 opposite the Wai-O-Tapu turn-off, and continue 6km (worth the drive if only for the gorgeous valley view as you come over the hill).