New Zealand has the privilege of sitting on the earth’s geothermal fault line. In simple terms for you and me, it is near the area where heat is generated from the earth. As a result, hot springs are so common in the country as the earth’s core heats its water. If you are not familiar with the term ‘hot springs’, you’d be happy to know that it simply refers to hydrothermal springs or naturally heated bodies of water. There are about 110 hot springs and pools in New Zealand. So it only makes sense to visit one or more when in the land of the Kiwis.
Surely you might be saying to yourself: “Why should I go to a hot spring? I have hot water at home!”. Well, for one thing, hot springs have wonderful physical and mental benefits. In addition to helping with arthritic problems and digestive disorders, they help treat skin infections and rashes. In short, hot springs are a great source of sulfur and thus have healing benefits.
As a result of knowing the benefits of hot springs, you must be dying to know where you can go to experience this wellness delicacy! That is why I am here, to help you indulge in some of the best hot springs New Zealand has to offer. Let’s take a look at the top 5.
1. Parakai Hot Springs in Auckland
Parakai Hot Springs has two huge thermal heated pools. On top of that, it has 2 hydro slides, making it the perfect destination for a family outing in Auckland. Besides the fact that Parakai’s indoor mineral pools are set to 40 degrees, there is a large outdoor pool that has a shallow area that accommodates the kiddies. Generally, the outdoor pool is maintained at 34 degrees and aims to relieve stress while relaxing muscles.
Additionally, these hot springs offer private spa pools for those who really need to unwind. Parakai Hot Springs are located amongst the beautifully landscaped gardens, boasting picturesque views that will captivate you as you unwind. For this reason, it is fair to say that this is one of the best hot springs in New Zealand.
2. Polynesian Spa in Rotorua
Rotura is known as New Zealand’s geothermal capital and houses 28 hot mineral pools. Consequently, the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua is one of the most elite hot springs in the country. Coupled with world-leading facilities and award-winning treatments, the spa does justice when catering to its patrons. Additionally, their acidic and alkaline pools are a great way to relieve sore and tired muscles. A message from nature if you will. Eventually, you’ll find yourself running here every time you need some TLC and a break from the tension life brings.
3. Hot Water Beach in Coromandel
This is one of New Zealand’s most famous hot springs, so you must go here! Indeed, Hot Water Beach is actually that, a beach. So get your bucket and spade ready because you can build your own hot bath. How cool is that? If you go where the tide is low and you start digging, the hot water will emerge.
Surely creating your own little hot water beach bath is Insane, right? You will appreciate your hot springs more because you actively have to find them. Maybe the best hot springs in life are not free after all!
4. Tekapo Springs in Tekapo
These hot springs are the perfect place to stargaze as the skies are crystal clear. Above Lake Tekapo, you will find one of the world’s clearest skies. What an epic sight to see. Imagine the mystical views as you relax in a hot spring. Along with unique astronomy storytelling. Hot springs and stargazing are definitely a match made in the heavens!
Tekapo stargazing opportunities take place in a floating hammock in the hot spring. The experience is simply ethereal. This recreation centre offers a list of wonderful amenities like steam rooms, saunas, and even a cold plunge pool if you’re feeling brave. In addition to all that, there is a spa to tend to all your needs. As a result, Tekapo Springs’s stargazing opportunities and amazing amenities solidify its status as one of the best hot springs in New Zealand.
5. Hanmer Springs in Canterbury
I saved the best hot spring for last. Hanmer Springs has proven to be one of my and many others’ top picks. This town in Canterbury is found in the southern alps. So while you’re relaxing in the thermal pools, you will be enjoying a view of the stunning snow-capped peaks. Hanmer has a variety of pools, each with distinct temperatures and suitable for anyone with special requests.
This South Island town is the perfect place to indulge in rock and sulphur pools. With 22 outdoor pools, you will be spoilt for choice. Having access to amenities like saunas and steam rooms, relaxation won’t be hard to accomplish.
Go Take A Dip
So if you’re ever in the land of the Kiwis, be sure to visit one or all of these majestic hot spas. There are beautiful hot springs all over the world and New Zealand has some of the best you can find. So be sure to take a dip in one of them.
Psychology tip: hot water induces relaxation and reduces anxiety.