Butcher’s Pool information
Lonely Planet review
A 30km detour from Orakei Korako will take you to Butcher’s Pool , a bedecked but otherwise purely natural thermal spring in the middle of a farmer’s paddock. Alongside is a small parking area and changing sheds. To get there, turn left onto SH5 at Mihi (follow the signs to Rotorua). After 4km look out for Homestead Rd on your right. Follow it to the end, turn left and look for a row of trees lining a gravel driveway off to your right about 300m away (the signpost can be difficult to spot as it’s pointing from the other side of the road).