Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Hot Springs in Rotorua Lakes

Located in a verdant valley around 35km south of Rotorua, these pools provide a low-key (and cheaper) alternative to Rotorua's thermal baths. The outdoor pools range from a large family pool to small tubs, and private spas are available. There’s also a cafe and adjoining campsite (sites powered/unpowered $29/25; pools free for campers).

The pools are 6km off SH5; the turn-off is opposite the road to Wai-O-Tapu. The gorgeous valley view as you come over the hill is enough to justify the drive in itself.