Great Lake Taupo Hot Pools

Taupo thermal hot pools

Taupo is blessed with several hot spots, both paid and free. A favourite with both adults and kids are the natural thermal mineral waters of Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs, set amongst some of Taupo's most stunning native bush scenery. You’ll be spoilt for choice with two thermal outdoor pools, 12 private pools, fresh water pools, a children’s warm water playground and a giant dragon hydroslide. DeBretts is a firm favourite with families and ski bunnies heading back from a day on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu.

AC Baths is perfect for kids and family as its geothermally heated pools are safe for swimming under water and dive bombs. There's also a heated indoor and outdoor pool for those who want to get a few laps in too.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to Wairakei Terraces Hot Pools to take advantage of their adults-only natural thermal springs. Their pools vary in temperature and are positioned below the silica terraces and waterfall to take full advantage of the Taupo geothermal water flow that is drawn to the earth’s surface from 1500 metres underground. The beautiful surroundings and native birdsong make Wairakei Terraces the perfect spot for a night of relaxation.

A favourite amongst backpackers and anyone on a budget is the Otumuheke Stream at Spa Park. This is a free hot stream that flows into the Waikato River and creates natural hot pools. Just keep an eye on your belongings and avoid bringing any valuables. More hot spots can be found dotted along the lakefront, look out for steam or ask a local, they’ll point you in the right direction.

Turangi & Tongariro thermal hot pools

Tokaanu Thermal Pools is a great swimming spot for the whole family. Located in the tranquil thermal village of Tokaanu, the Tokaanu Thermal Pools are fed by hot mineral springs. Indulge in a relaxing therapeutic soak in either a private mineral pool or the heated freshwater outdoor pool.

Families can also head to the Turtle Pools situated in the centre of Turangi. The indoor heated facilities include a 25 metre leisure and training pool, a 1.8m deep activity pool, a learners pool and toddler pool.

Mangakino thermal hot pools

The Mangakino Community Pool is popular with both locals and visitors. The pool is heated by solar and gas and closes during the winter months. It opens about mid October and closes around Easter (weather permitting).

  • AC Baths

    AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community.

    • Price $3 - $7
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Hot Pools Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools Taupo Rainy Days
  • Lusty's Lagoon

    Lusty’s Lagoon, located within the Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, is New Zealand’s first thermally heated lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar and café, swim-in grotto cave and a giant outdoor movie screen.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Hot Pools
  • Tokaanu Thermal Pools

    Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters of Tokaanu Thermal Pools!

    • Price $4-$10
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Family Hot Pools Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools Turangi Rainy Days Turangi Family Activities Volcanic/Geothermal
  • Otumuheke Stream, Spa Park

    Soak your worries away at the natural geothermal hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Free Hot Pools
  • Living Waters Spa at Taupo Debretts

    Relax your body and soothe your soul in the tranquil world of this unique spa experience. This is where the healing mineral waters of DeBretts Hot Springs combine with therapeutic massage and luxurious body treatments.

    • Price $65 - $235
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Girl's Weekend Hot Pools Spa Treatments
  • Mangakino Community Pool

    This family pool is a great asset to the Mangakino community, popular with both locals and visitors. The pool is heated by solar and gas but is closed during the winter months. It opens about mid October and closes around Easter (weather permitting)....

    • Price $3
    • Location Mangakino
    • Activity Hot Pools Mangakino Rainy Days
  • Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa

    Silcia terraces, thermal bathing pools, massage therapy, Maori cultural experiences, geothermal tours.

    • Location Wairakei
    • Activity Girl's Weekend Hot Pools Maori Culture Spa Treatments Volcanic/Geothermal
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