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Mangatutu and Mangatainoka Hot Springs

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

June 27, 2020

Sublime Winter Soaking I visited late morning recently and parked by the white gate at the start of the spur road. This is only open for a short period of time each morning to allow paying Waiotapu guests to visit Lady Knox Geyser. I walked 500m down the road and was surprised to find the…

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Secret Spot Hot Tubs

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

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

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

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’

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

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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