|Hell's Gate Geothermal Park Rotorua|
There's no better way to click into holiday mode than to soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool or indulge in a relaxing therapeutic treatment.
New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This causes a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through.
For centuries locals have enjoyed these hot pools, with some believing that sitting in mineral water helps with medical problems. Others simply enjoy the luxurious feeling of naturally- heated water helping to relax weary bodies.
The country's natural hot pools include picturesque springs in forests only accessible by walking tracks and isolated roads. These pools are truly magical – here, you can enjoy a soak amongst lush native bush serenaded by birdsong. A favourite amongst the locals, these types of hot pools are part of New Zealand’s many natural gems such as:
|Kerosene Creek, Rotorua|
Kerosene Creek in Rotorua
Thirty five minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall. Set amongst lush native bush, Kerosene Creek is popular among visitors and locals alike, offering a natural bathing experience like no other. There's no admission charge, just be courteous to other bathers, and take any rubbish away with you.
|Hanmer Spring Canterbury|
Hanmer Springs in the South Island
Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer Springs is a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in naturally heated, mineral-filled waters or treat yourself to a range of indulgent spa therapies. The family fun area is complete with hydroslides and New Zealand’s only aquatic thrill ride, the Super Bowl.
If you'd like the unique experience of bathing in heated glacial waters, head to Tekapo Springs Tekapo Springs Day Spa is open 7 days from 10am to 8pm. We have 4 fully equipped spa rooms designed to enhance and maintain your health and beauty, using the prestigous Matis brand, as well as the Jojoba. Sit back, relax and let our therapists pamper you while you enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Tekapo!
Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa
Hells Gate Rotorua, New Zealand’s unique Maori owned geothermal, cultural, and geothermal mud bath spa experience with erupting waters, steaming fumaroles, boiling muds -the beast with the beauty of the historic geothermal mud bath and sulphur spa. Immerse yourself in unique geothermal muds and sulphur waters following the bathing, beauty and healing therapies as practised by the local Maori - Ngati Rangiteaorere including the traditional Maori 'Miri Miri" massage in this culturally theme historic place of healing.
|Hell's Gate Rotorua|
New Zealand’s larger cities offer luxurious day spas that make an ideal addition to your holiday. There are also quiet retreats in the countryside or deep in the forest that combine relaxing therapies with picturesque landscapes. In a day or two you’ll feel and look like a new person.
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