Thermal / Hot Pools

Hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and mud pots are all geothermal features. They arise when cold groundwater seeps down and is heated by the rocks touching the underlying magma chamber. The hot water then rises to the surface in the form of a geothermal feature.

Hot springs occur when this heated water forms a pool on the surface of the Earth Throughout the centuries, mineral spas and pools have been enjoyed on many levels, cleansing, social and health benefits. Soluble minerals commonly found include calcium carbonate, iron compounds, sodium and magnesium salts, sulphur compound and metals.

A geyser is a type of hot spring that periodically erupts, shooting columns of water and steam into the air. Fumaroles are basically steam vents that allow water vapor and gases to escape the surface of the Earth Mud pots. Mud pots are basically very acidic hot springs that dissolve the nearby rock.

Auckland Region

Waiwera

Located only 35 minutes north of Auckland natural thermal pools are sheltered by the native bush and hills.

Parakai

Just over 40 mins from Auckland’s CBD lies indoor and outdoor natural thermal pools

Central North Island

Rotorua

On the volcanic plateau Rotorua has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity, many mineral hot pools and spas

Taupo

A range of geothermal and volcanic attractions are located in the thermal zone, many mineral pools and spas.

Eastern North Island

Coromandel

Hot Water Beach, dig your own mineral pool at lowtide and enjoy Whitianga Crystal clear thermal waters at The Lost Spring.

Canterbury

Hanmer Springs

Alpine spa town Set in a breathtaking natural landscape, enjoy indoor and outdoor pools and spa treatments.

West Coast

Franz Josef Glacier

Communal and private pools nestled in lush rainforest.

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Activities

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Premier tourist attraction Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a "must do" experience when you’re in Rotorua. Walking, hiking and boat cruises in this exciting thermal attraction showcase unique ecology, rare botany, steaming volcanic crater lakes and other awesome geothermal activity. See how the world began in the world’s youngest geothermal system.

Phone: 07 3666137    Address: 587 Waimangu Road off SH5 (main Rotorua – Taupo highway), Rotorua    www.waimangu.co.nz

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