Picturesque New Zealand is rich in natural hot springs, with more than 60 dotted across the country.
If you fancy relaxing in a hot pool after a long day discovering New Zealand, check out our Top 3:
1. Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
Kerosene Creek’s hot spring comes from a small stream flowing downhill through natural bush. At the bottom of a pretty waterfall, Kerosene Creek offers an unforgettable hot spring experience. If you’ve been walking and exploring New Zealand, the water will ease any aches and pains. The water temperature and level changes daily however, so check the temperature before jumping in!
To get there, drive towards Taupo from Rotorua for around 30km before turning off at Old Waiotapu Road. Approximately 2km along, you will see a strip of grass and a path that takes you to the springs.
2. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Close to the beautiful Cathedral Coast lies Hot Water Beach, a uniquely New Zealand phenomenon and the country’s most famous natural spring. In this beautiful spot on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, you can dig your own hot pool. Geothermal waters rise naturally through the sand, relaxing your muscles and soothing your soul.
To reach Hot Water Beach, follow the road north from Pauanui and Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula.
3. Welcome Flat Hot pools, Fox Glacier
Nestled in a valley thick with native forest, Welcome Flat Hot Pools are quite possibly the most scenic hot springs in New Zealand.
It’s not the easiest place to get to but if you’re prepared to put in the effort of a 7hr trek, you will be rewarded with a choice of 4 geothermal pools of differing temperature. There’s a cozy Department of Conservation hut and campsite nearby, so stay overnight and walk back out the next day.
The Copland Track is 150m inland from the Copland Valley sign on State Highway 6, 26km south of Fox Glacier.