Rotorua’s Favourite Hot Pools

A special place, where geothermal waters flow, creating a unique haven to soak, stay and explore the natural wonders.

Crafted by nature

Tucked away between Rotorua and Taupo, Waikite Valley sits in the rural heart of New Zealand’s North Island.

Soak in our pure geothermal water, explore the eco-trail to Te Manaroa Spring, or stay with us in our campground to experience the raw wonders of nature. 

Public Geothermal Hot Pools

Immerse yourself in pure geothermal hot pools and spectacular natural surroundings. 

Private Geothermal Hot Pools

Indulge yourself with a secluded soak, exactly as you want it, in our private hot pools. 


Stay with us and enjoy a beautiful natural location and access to our hot pools.

Eco Trail

Explore our eco-trail to Te Manaroa Spring, and follow the story of our geothermal water from the source. 


A visit to Waikite Valley Hot Pools is a treat for all of your senses. Don't forget to treat your tastebuds!

About Us

A special place, created by community, cared for by us, and embraced by visitors from near and far.

A special place

Geothermal water flows through this special place, bringing the valley to life with rare plant and birdlife, and creating a haven to relax and immerse yourself in nature.

The journey of our water starts at Te Manaroa Spring, the largest single source of boiling water in New Zealand. It flows continuously through the pools and out through the valley. The water you bathe in has been cooled, but not treated in any way, it's exactly as nature intended. 


To share and protect

Waikite Valley Hot Pools and Campground has been a cornerstone of the community for over 50 years, and now attracts visitors from near and far.

As guardians of this unique environment, we honour our responsibility to protect and enhance this place, so it can be an oasis to wildlife, locals and visitors alike for years to come.

Plan your visit

We’re off the beaten track. When you get here you’ll see why it’s worth the short drive.

Opening Hours

We are open daily from 10.30am to 8pm. Last entry is at 7pm as we start to drain pools at 7.15pm.


Waikite Valley Hot Pools
648 Waikite Valley Road, Waikite Valley 3077

GPS co-ordinates:
Latitude -38.327164, Longitude 176.302929

Drive Time

Waikite Valley Hot Pools are just a 30-minute drive from Rotorua and 45 minutes from Taupo.

From Rotorua, travel south towards Taupo on SH5 (the same route as Te Pā Tū, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland). Turn right onto Waikite Valley Road (opposite the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland turn-off) and follow the Waikite signs for 6km.

Perfect thermal pools off the beaten track.

Wanna soak in a real NZ thermal pool and not pay a fortune?

We found Waikite thermal pools by accident and, though there are adequate public pools, opted for a private pool.

Perfect for an escape and a relax without overinflated Rotorua prices, Waikite had lovely, friendly staff and, though off the beaten track, was well worth it.

Rob S May 2023

Worth the drive from Rotorua

Such a great place to visit, well worth the 30min drive from Rotorua.

A range of pools to soak in and a large enough area for the kids to splash about without bothering those in the hottest pools. Had food there too, Nachos were spot on and the hot chip were good.

Will be getting an annual ticket so we can come back every month.

Les Jul 2023

Relaxing couple of hours.

We had a great time relaxing in the beautiful surroundings, soaking up the natural waters of splendid temperatures of 36°...Wonderful!

The young staff were so very helpful and pleasant.

Pauline O Sep 2023

A relaxing day

Wonderful relaxing quiet day. With 6 pools to choose from which were surrounded by beautiful plants it was a lovely day. The food was good and plenty of cool water to drink to keep hydrated.

Sandra W Nov 2023

A favorite!

About 28 km from Rotorua, mostly up a paved rural road off the highway from Rotorua to Taupo. A series of pools, getting warmer as you proceed uphill towards the source of the hot spring. The water has to be cooled because it comes out of the ground at 99C. The pools are nicely built and the views are great. After you've soaked, walk the eco trail and read the informative panels along the path.

Gang Warily Jan 2024

Frequently Asked Questions Customers often ask...

Waikite Valley Hotpools FAQs
What is the cost of admission?

You can see all of our pricing and make an online booking here

What are your opening hours?

We are open 7 days a week 10:30am - 8pm. Last entry is 7pm as we begin to drain the pools at 7:15pm.

Is there food available on-site?

Yes, our café is open 11.30am to 6pm daily. 

What are the temperatures of the pools?

The pools vary from 30°C-41°C. Temperature ranges for each pool can be found here. Private pools have individual temperature controls. 

Can I put my head under the water?

As these are natural geothermal pools we recommend that keep your head above water while bathing.

Do you hire towels?

Yes, you can add on towel hire when you book online.

Can we do bombs in the pool?

Sorry, we don't allow jumping in or diving into our pools. 

How can I make a group booking?

Email your booking enquiry to

Can I use the pools if i'm pregnant or have a health condition?

We recommend that you get advice from your medical provider using our hot pools.

Do you offer deals for Rotorua locals?

Yes! We do offer local discounts for Rotorua residents who present ID at reception. Acceptable ID includes a Rotorua Mai Card, a driver's license with an address or a bill with an address (as well as photo identification).

Each adult is required to have an acceptable form of ID in order to receive the discount.

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