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Top Hot Springs in Rotorua

Top Hot Springs in Rotorua

You don’t have to look far to experience Rotorua’s geothermal wonders—hissing geyers and bubbling mud pools can be found all around the city. Visits to Rotorua’s natural hot springs are also a popular pastime. Here are some of the best options. 

Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley

Located in Te Puia, just south of Rotorua, the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is renowned for its steaming vents, boiling mud pools, and Pohutu and Te Horu geysers. While you’re there, spot Kiwi birds, enjoy a cultural performance at the Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute, and sample some traditional food cooked in the steaming hot springs.

Wai-o-Tapu

Drive along the Thermal Highway and enjoy views of Tarawera Volcano; marvel at the Lady Knox Geyser and mud pools in the Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland; then stop at Wai-o-Tapu Bridge to take a dip in the steamy thermal waters. Half- and full-day tours of Wai-o-Tapu from Rotorua are often combined with a tour of the Hobbiton movie set or a visit to the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.

Waikite Valley

En route to Taupo, the Waikite Valley thermal pools are a top spot for families with private pools and facilities, a campground, eco-trail, and 100 percent natural geothermal waters, renowned for their high mineral content. Nearby, the warm waters of Kerosene Creek are also a popular spot for swimming and bathing. 

Lake Rotorua

The shores of Lake Rotorua are teeming with natural hot springs and thermal spas. After enjoying a cruise around the lake, head to the Te Kohanga area, soak in the hot springs at Kuirau Park, or pamper yourself at a luxurious spa like the Polynesian Spa or Hell’s Gate, set in the Tikitere geothermal area between Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti.

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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

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See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
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  • 5 hours
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas

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Treat yourself to a therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa package at Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Located in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal zones, Hells Gate features mud bath treatments that leave your body rejuvenated and skin smooth. You also have the option to cool off with a dip in waterfall pools after your treatment.
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Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

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Set off from Rotorua and travel north through lush farmland to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set. Take a guided tour and discover how this working farm was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. Sit down to a tasty lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, then make your way back to Rotorua and visit TePuia, one of New Zealand’s top cultural venues. Receive a traditional welcome and discover TePuia's history and lineage with a personalized guided tour. Afterwards, explore Te Puia's geothermal valley, seeing bubbling mud and steaming geysers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk
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Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

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Enter a world of bubbling mud and powerful geysers with admission to Hells Gate, a geothermal park in Rotorua. Once you’re in the Hells Gate park, you can follow a self-guided walkway through New Zealand’s most active geothermal field, pausing to explore interactive exhibits along the way. After the geothermal walk, take time to visit Hells Gate's native forest on a bush walk, listening for the sound of tropical birdcalls as you pass silver ferns and thick foliage.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

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Take in two of the North Island's top attractions in one day on a combination tour that visits Wai-o-tapu and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Booking this package ensures your admission to these popular attractions, and the full-day tour includes all entrance fees, hotel pickup and drop-off, and insightful commentary from your driver-guide.
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Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour
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Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour

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Soak in the thermal spring-fed pools of Lake Rotoiti and paddle into a glowworm cave on a half-day kayak tour from Rotorua. With an expert guide, explore the tranquil waters of the mountain lake as you take in the stunning scenery in the Bay of Plenty region, and experience caverns and hot springs accessible only by water. Kayak equipment and a light snack are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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