About Waikite Valley Hot Pools

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

Experience the ‘Living Waters’ of Te Manaroa Spring

Welcome to Waikite Valley Hot Pools, home of Te Manaroa Spring. 



In 1969 the local community put a proposal to the County Council of Rotorua to build a hot thermal pool. Permission was subsequently granted, and after various fundraising efforts and approximately 4000 hours of voluntary labour, the pool complex was officially opened in 1972.

Today, the Waikite Valley Hot Pools are administered by the Rotorua Lakes council and run by The Living Waters of Waikite Valley Ltd under a lease agreement.

The Living Waters of Waikite Valley Ltd have, over the past 18 years, developed the complex in so far that today it offers visitors 6 outdoor bathing options, private pools,camping facilities and viewing access to the Te Manaroa Spring.


We are a family run business, and our team are an extension of our family. We work hard to provide an awesome experience for our guests, and to protect our little piece of paradise.

We are open 7 days a week until 8.30pm, so most roles require the flexibility to work evenings and weekends. We work as a team and get stuck into all kinds of tasks to make sure we’re at the top of our game.

If you're interested in joining our team, give us a shout.

Contact Us
Our commitment to sustainability

Waikite Valley Hot Pools is dedicated to utilizing and continuing to develop environmentally friendly practices in order to minimize our environmental footprint.This policy outlines the ways in which we achieve this.


Terms & Conditions

Health & Safety

Mineral Information

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
Be the first to receive promotions