Morere Hot Springs

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Morere Hot Springs information

Prices
adult/child $6/3
Opening hours
10am-5pm, to 9pm summer
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Lonely Planet review

Just out of Wharerata State Forest, 55km from Gisborne, Morere Hot Springs burble up from a fault line in the beautiful Morere Springs Scenic Reserve. You might want to tackle the bushwalks (20 minutes to two hours) before taking the plunge. The main swimming pool is near the entrance, but a five-minute streamside walk through virgin rainforest leads to the bush setting of Nikau Baths. It’s actually ancient seawater that bubbles to the surface here at around 50°C, cooling by 10°C before being pumped into the small stainless-steel baths. The reserve is quite lovely, much favoured by locals who visit for a family day out. Long may it continue, although with the spring outlet threatened by landslips upriver, the day may soon come when the hot tap is turned off.