New Zealand’s most secluded soaks – five romantic hot spots

Relaxing in naturally heated mineral waters with views of snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes or under starry skies is the ultimate way to unwind and take some time out with a loved one.

Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown
Honeymooners and couples will be happy to hear that – alongside many family-friendly options – New Zealand offers several adult-only hot pools and spas, where they can take relaxation to the next level with just the sound of nature for company.
Here are five options where your clients won’t find slides or water jets – just a soothing, secluded soak in natural surroundings.

The Lost Spring, Coromandel

Designed for adults, The Lost Spring is a relatively unknown tranquil oasis with geothermal pools set amongst a lush garden with a tropical feel. There is even a poolside service so your clients can relax in the mineral-rich waters with a cocktail in hand. Afterwards, they can treat themselves to a luxurious massage on his and hers tables in the on-site day spa nestled in the lush native treetops. 

Travel tip: Slightly less luxurious but a great “couple-bonding” exercise – just down the road your clients will find Hot Water Beach, where they can embrace the true Kiwi DIY spirit and dig their own hot pool in the sand at low tide.

Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa, Taupō

A short drive from Taupō, are the mineral rich hot pools of Wairakei Terraces, believed by Māori to have healing powers and therapeutic benefits. Set up in three-layered terraces of steaming thermal water, the pools are enriched with silica, magnesium, calcium. There is an on-site massage therapy centre where couples can choose from an extensive range of treatments using indigenous herbal oils and balms.

Travel tip: Guided tours of the bubbling geothermal steam field (complete with gushing geysers) are also available.

Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

Known as a geothermal wonderland for good reason, Rotorua is home to many places to soak your worries away. The Polynesian Spa is an original and a classic – with two hot springs feeding 28 mineral pools all your clients will need to do is sit back, relax and let the calming waters sooth their souls. Yes, children are allowed here but there are lake-facing adults-only private pools that couples can escape to before enjoying one of the many treatments at the extensive day spa.
Travel tip: To make the most of their experience, Polynesian Spa recommends your clients allow at least three hours – to not only enjoy a hot mineral soak and spa treatment, but also some time in the relaxation lounge.

Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown 

Overlooking the Shotover River with spectacular alpine views, Onsen Hot Pools is the perfect break from Queenstown’s action-packed ski slopes. Luxurious private cedar-lined hot pools are perfect for couples, featuring retracting picture windows designed to transcend their setting from indoors to outdoors, at the touch of a single button. In good weather, couples can get a full view of the Milky Way in one of the new oval hot tubs set on a private outside deck. Onsen also offers packages which include special extras, such as aromatherapy burners and a glass of local wine.
Travel tip: Most popular at evenings and sunset, it pays to book these in advance for your clients.

Maruia Hot Springs, Lewis Pass Highway

A little off the beaten track, nestled in picturesque national reserve, your clients will find Maruia Hot Springs, a peaceful thermal eco-wellness spot. They can immerse themselves in nature’s very own sanctuary, bathing in gentle mineral waters with views of the nearby river and the stunning Southern Alps. Private pools are available, along with spa treatments, yoga classes and nutritious 3- and 5-course meals made from fresh organic ingredients. Accommodation is available on site – from camp sites and glamping pods, to hotel rooms.
Travel tip: Make sure your clients pack their hiking boots to enjoy the trails that surround the property.