Rotorua Hot Springs
With bubbling hot mud pools, exploding geysers, steaming fumeroles and fiery geothermal waters set among a barren landscape, it is no wonder that English playwright George Bernhard Shaw thought it was a gateway to hell; however, for hundreds of years, the Maori tribe Ngati Rangiteaorere revered this land they called Tikitere. Still Maori owned, visitors flock to the site to view the remarkable landscape or to bathe in its spa and mud baths. The mud pools at Tikitere are purported to have medicinal qualities that soothe the body and refreshes the skin.
With 26 hot mineral pools, a variety of bathing needs may be met from family pools to spa retreat pools. The minerals and warmth have been renowned to bring relaxation and relief to aches and pains. On the edge of Lake Rotorua, the natural setting of lush foliage and volcanic rocks add to the tranquil setting.
The naturally therapeutic waters of the Te Manaroa Spring flow into the main splash pool, the sit and soak pool and the tranquil garden pool at Waikite Valley. Private spa pools overlooking the valley are also available. After a relaxing soak, cool off along the Eco-Trail through native forest. A cafe serving Kiwi cuisine is also located on-site. Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 9pm.