April 2015: Hot Pools and Spas

New Zealand has a variety of modern thermal pool complexes where a soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool goes hand-in-hand with an indulgent spa treatment.

Tekapo Springs, Canterbury. Photo: Julian Apse
Visitors, who want a unique experience set amongst nature, can visit picturesque springs only accessible by walking tracks and isolated roads.
 
If your clients want time to relax and indulge on their New Zealand holiday, you might like to consider the following products.
 
The Lost Spring
The Lost Spring is a natural thermal spring pool complex, located in Whitianga, Coromandel, and only two hours’ drive from Auckland. 
 
Visitors can unwind in luxury pools filled with pure mineral thermal waters flowing from a spring 600 meters below the ground, choose a spa treatment at the day spa set in the tree tops and indulge in poolside service offering delicious food and beverages.
 
Hot Water Beach
No visit to the Coromandel is complete without a stop at Hot Water Beach. Here your clients can dig their own hot pool just meters from the Pacific Ocean – a truly unique experience.  Visitors must time their soak two hours either side of low tide, this is when the tide is low enough to expose the area of sand with hot water underneath.
 
Coromandel Adventures offer a full day guided tour to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach from Coromandel Town (shovels and spades are included).
 
Polynesian Spa
Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa is an internationally acclaimed thermal spa located on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua.
 
Visitors can choose from 26 thermal pools set in four bathing areas: deluxe lake spa, adult pools (with historic priest spa), private pools, or family spa. 
 
The lake spa retreat offers relaxing spa therapy and hydro spa therapy packages.
 
Kerosene Creek
Thirty five minutes’ drive south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, where visitors can bathe in a geothermally heated stream. Kerosene Creek is set amongst lush native bush, offering a bathing experience like no other. 
 
There is no admission charge, just be courteous to other bathers and do not leave rubbish.
 
 
Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa
A short drive from Taupō, are the mineral rich hot pools of Wairakei Terraces, believed by Māori to have healing powers and therapeutic benefits.
 
Visitors can bathe in a series of hot pools, of varying temperatures, located below beautiful silica terraces.
 
There is an onsite massage therapy centre where guests can choose from an extensive range of treatments using indigenous herbal oils and balms.
 
Guided tours of the silica terraces, Wairakei geothermal steam-field, and viewing room are also available.
 
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
This impressive complex, set in a beautiful alpine environment, offers a range of naturally heated outdoor thermal pools at a range of temperatures. Visitors can bathe in the relaxing rock pools, unwind in the sulphur pools or enjoy a massage from the water jets and bubbles.
 
The complex also includes freshwater pools, a kid’s activity area with waterslides, cafés and an onsite spa offering a variety of beauty and massage treatments.
 
Hanmer Springs is 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch.
 
Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
Relax in the soothing hot pools overlooking impressive Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range.
 
Choose from three pools ranging from 36 to 40 degrees Celsius. The Tekapo Springs Glacial Spa offers a variety of indulgent health and beauty treatments.
 
In winter (June-August) it is not uncommon to have snow on the ground around the pools, making it a magical time to visit.
 
Lake Tekapo is three hours’ drive from Christchurch and Queenstown.
 
Onsen Hot Pools
Enjoy a relaxing soak in a private cedar-lined bathing room with spectacular mountain views. 
 
The temperature in private pools are set according to the day, alternatively guests can choose their temperature preference when they book. Each bathing room has retractable picture windows, meaning that at the push of a button guests can convert their pool room from indoors to outdoors – simply stunning at night under the stars. Each pool can accommodate up to four adults.
 
Onsen Hot Pools are ten minutes’ drive from Queenstown.