Welcome to Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is a unique place to come and experience the ‘Living Waters’ of the Te Manaroa Spring - the largest single source of 100% pure boiling water in New Zealand. This pure spring water cascades into our main splash pool (35-38°C) and adjoining toddlers' beach area as well as the sit and soak pool (38-40°C) and our luxurious tranquil garden pool. Our spacious heated changing rooms, with toilets and high pressure hot showers, are family-friendly and also offer wheelchair access.

Enjoy nature’s ambience in one of our private spas. Control the temperature of your individual private pool, which looks out over Waikite Valley, native bush and surrounding geothermal activity.

We also have an informative Eco-Trail. Of geological and botanical interest, this educational walk leads to the spectacular Te Manaroa Spring. Along the way learn about the different fern and moss varieties that are unique to just a few geothermal areas in the southern Rotorua area.

After enjoying our unique waters and exploring the Eco-Trail, relax with an ice cream, cold drink, coffee, snack or casual meal from the ‘Pukeko in a Ponga Tree’ Cafe. The cafe has a spacious covered outdoor seating area that looks out over the pools and the valley beyond.

Adjoining the pool complex is a 20-site campground with shower, laundry and kitchen facilities. Being handy to other attractions in the area means Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Campground is the ideal spot for those passing through travelling by van, motorhome or tenting.

Situated 25 minutes south of Rotorua off SH5, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is the perfect place to relax and unwind all year round.

The pools are open from 10am to 9pm seven days per week all year round (except Christmas Day). 

All pools are DRAINED DAILY with the first pool drained at 8:30pm

To enhance your bathing experience, all pools at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools are drained and refilled every night.

You won't find bathing water this pure anywhere else in New Zealand!

Normally open from noon to 7pm daily, the Pukeko in a Ponga Tree cafe sometimes has to close early due to staffing issues in a small rural community.