Welcome to the Hot Springs Guidebook for New Zealand

The bliss of being enveloped in thermal water, along with its therapeutic benefits, has long been recognised.

Now you can discover New Zealand's hot springs with this revised and expanded edition of Hot Springs of New Zealand. Written by well-known hot spring expert, Sally Jackson, the guide includes over 100 individual thermal springs from all over the country (both commercial and non-commercial).

From this website, you can discover New Zealand's hot springs, buy the Hot Springs of New Zealand guidebook, learn more about the book's author Sally Jackson, and follow Sally in her outdoor adventures as she gets into hot water around New Zealand and the world.

About the Book

This fully revised edition of Hot Springs of New Zealand is now in full colour with a more water resistant paper. It contains 172 pages with numerous photos and is A5 portrait size.

Sally Jackson, Author Bio

'Hot Springs' Sally has gained a reputation world-wide for being an expert on hot water locations. She has visited the vast majority of New Zealand hot springs as well as many overseas.

Book Reviews

Check out the latest reviews of the Hot Springs of New Zealand guidebook including comments from  Amazon.com reviewers. Includes reviews of older editions of the book.

Latest from Sally's Blog

Updates from Sally's adventures in hot water and the great outdoors.

Mangatutu and Mangatainoka Hot Springs

By Sally Jackson | August 26, 2020

Mangatainoka Hot Springs and the adjacent campsites will be closed for at least four weeks as of September 1st. This is for a major upgrade of the pools by DOC. I’ve heard that the new pools are going to be located closer to the river. The first photo is part of the forty-minute track from…

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Waterfall Spout Bath

By Sally Jackson | June 27, 2020

No Access to Waterfall Spout Bath There has been a transfer of land ownership that includes the Waterfall Spout Bath. Subsequently, some serious signage has been erected to inform would-be soakers that this hot spring is now off-limits.    

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Secret Spot Hot Tubs

By Sally Jackson | June 27, 2020

Serene Soaking in Cedar Tubs     I was invited recently to take a soak at the Secret Spot Hot Tubs located on the southern edge of Rotorua, next to the Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Biking carpark. This brainchild of local brothers, Eric and Keith, was opened in October last year. There’s a licensed cafe with…

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Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Spa

By Sally Jackson | July 30, 2019

  I recently took a friend from Rotorua to visit Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Spa. It was her first time there            and she was well-impressed! We wallowed around in the silky-smooth water for half a day, enjoying the peaceful ambiance (pool admission is only for those 14 years and over).…

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Tarawera Hot Springs

By Sally Jackson | January 14, 2019

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Almost 18 months ago, Tarawera Hot Springs’ cement tubs were dismantled. Last year I carried in an inflatable pool and obtained a pretty good soak. It took about 30 minutes to fill the pool with a black hose that was attached to the hot spring source. Last…

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Otumuheke Stream at Spa Park

By Sally Jackson | June 6, 2018

A major redevelopment is underway at this popular hot stream. A new toilet block, changing rooms, bridge and coffee kiosk should be completed by the end of the year. There will be temporary disruption to access at times. For more information visit www.taupo.govt.nz or phone 0800 275 832. Photo taken 5/6/18. People were still able…

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Free KMZ file offer with purchase of ‘Hot Springs of New Zealand’

By Sally Jackson | November 11, 2017

SPECIAL OFFER I can email you a free kmz file that opens in Google Earth and shows 50 of the free hot springs from my book (including the GPS coordinates). To qualify, purchase ‘Hot Springs of New Zealand’ and send me an email letting me know where you heard about my book. 

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Hiking into Hot Springs in New Zealand

By Sally Jackson | June 22, 2017

Hiking (tramping/trekking) is a popular outdoor pursuit in New Zealand, and what could be more perfect after a long walk into the wilderness than the reward of immersing your weary bones in a hot pool nestled in a sublime alpine setting. New Zealand’s remote springs, which are confined mainly to the South Island, can usually…

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Pledge Me Campaign

Get top secret hot spring information and personalised hot spring itineraries through Sally's Pledge Me campaign.

About the Book

This fully revised edition of Hot Springs of New Zealand is now in full colour with a more water resistant paper. It contains 172 pages with numerous photos and is A5 portrait size.