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26-Jul-18

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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

star rating of 4.5

by Chris Gaelic

648 Waikite Valley Rd, Waikite Valley, Rotorua

hotpools.co.nz

Phone: 07-333 1861

rvexplorer id: 20996

Thermal Pools reception and cafe

Thermal Pools reception and cafe

Cafe and reception

Cafe and reception

Powered site

Powered site

Public toilets available for campers

Public toilets available for campers

Campsite kitchen

Campsite kitchen

Entrance to one of the pools

Entrance to another pool

Private Pools

Beginning of the Te Manaroa Spring Eco Trail

Beginning of the Te Manaroa Spring Eco Trail

Waterfall and cooling facility

Waterfall and cooling facility

Sign describing the Waikite Valley River

Walking track along the river

The geothermal club moss is an ancient form of plant life, dating back some 360 million years

The geothermal club moss is an ancient form of plant life,
dating back some 360 million years

Shuping taking in the scenic view - through the steam...

Shuping taking in the scenic view - through the steam...

 

 

 

 

The Waikite Valley Thermal Pools are a great thermal hot pools experience with camping facilities for motor caravanners and campers.

 

We called in on our way back from Taupo to our home in Katikati. It was mid-winter, but came highly recommended from our good friends in Taupo, so we checked in for a one night stay at their campsite and a nice soak in their thermal pools.

 

While the weather was cold and overcast, the pool complex significantly exceeded our expectations. There were a number of different pools, each with its own temperature.

 

The pool complex was opened in 1972, having been constructed and financed by local residents.

 

This would be a great location to just chill out, with thermal soaks alternated with lattes in the cafe. 

 

There is an 'eco walk' where you can follow the river that feeds the pool complex. It's nicely signposted with information about some of the unique aspects of the river.

 

Notably, the Te Manaroa spring has the largest discharge of boiling water in New Zealand, and it contains a wide variety of minerals.

 

It's a must do while you're here.

 

Then only negative was the somewhat basic kitchen toilet facilities. Not bad, but a little out of character with the rest of the complex.

 

There aren't many powered sites, so it may pay to book in advance if you're planning to come in the busy season.

 

This is a great location for enjoying New Zealand's thermal wonderland. 

 

Large thermal pool

 

Scalloped thermal pool

 

Cafe and reception

 

Campsite parking

 

 

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