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Top Hot Springs in Rotorua

By Viator, January 2018

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You don’t have to look far to experience Rotorua’s geothermal wonders—hissing geyers and bubbling mud pools can be found all around the city. Visits to Rotorua’s natural hot springs are also a popular pastime. Here are some of the best options. 

Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
Located in Te Puia, just south of Rotorua, the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is renowned for its steaming vents, boiling mud pools, and Pohutu and Te Horu geysers. While you’re there, spot Kiwi birds, enjoy a cultural performance at the Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute, and sample some traditional food cooked in the steaming hot springs.

Wai-o-Tapu 
Drive along the Thermal Highway and enjoy views of Tarawera Volcano; marvel at the Lady Knox Geyser and mud pools in the Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland; then stop at Wai-o-Tapu Bridge to take a dip in the steamy thermal waters. Half- and full-day tours of Wai-o-Tapu from Rotorua are often combined with a tour of the Hobbiton movie set or a visit to the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.

Waikite Valley 
En route to Taupo, the Waikite Valley thermal pools are a top spot for families with private pools and facilities, a campground, eco-trail, and 100 percent natural geothermal waters, renowned for their high mineral content. Nearby, the warm waters of Kerosene Creek are also a popular spot for swimming and bathing. 

Lake Rotorua 
The shores of Lake Rotorua are teeming with natural hot springs and thermal spas. After enjoying a cruise around the lake, head to the Te Kohanga area, soak in the hot springs at Kuirau Park, or pamper yourself at a luxurious spa like the Polynesian Spa or Hell’s Gate, set in the Tikitere geothermal area between Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti.

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Evening Maori Cultural Performance and Geyser Experience from Rotorua, Rotorua, null
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Evening Maori Cultural Performance and Geyser Experience from Rotorua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

You and your small group can enjoy Te Pō, an indigenous evening experience, operating daily from 6pm to 9pm. The night includes a traditional welcoming ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.65
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission, Rotorua, Cultural Tours
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Explore one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. From the visitor center, walk at your own pace on trails ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $22.53
2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Thermal Spas & ... 
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $727.16
5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland, Auckland, ... 
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5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,126.67
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour, Rotorua, Multi-day Tours
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.44
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.49
Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lady Knox Geyser, Day Tour From Rotorua, Rotorua, ... 
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Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lady Knox Geyser, Day Tour From Rotorua

On this all inclusive small group tour you will visit two of the most visited top attractions in just one day! Wai O Tapu & The Hobbiton Movie Set!  ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.90
Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch, Rotorua, Day Trips
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Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Cruise the waters of scenic Lake Rotorua on a modernized replica of a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat! Enjoy a delicious, gourmet meal about this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.50
Hells Gate: 1-Hour Mud Bath and Sulfur Spa at Rotorua for Small Group, Rotorua, Day Cruises
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Hells Gate: 1-Hour Mud Bath and Sulfur Spa at Rotorua for Small Group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a relaxing mud bath and sulfur spa at Rotorua's most active thermal park. Feel the therapeutic after-effects of smooth, soft skin, feel refreshed and ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99
Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch, Rotorua, Day Spas
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.79

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