Otumuheke Stream, Spa Park
Soak your worries away at the natural hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park. Considered one of Taupo’s best hidden gems, this natural hot springs are popular with both locals and visitors, especially backpackers.
These natural hot pools originate from a hot stream that flows into the Waikato River, thanks to the geothermal activity bubbling away under ground. Have a gentle massage under the waterfall or soak in the shallow pools as you watch the crystal clear waters of the mighty Waikato River race by. The further you get from the stream the cooler the water as it mixes with the Waikato River so find your ideal temperature by picking your spot.
The level and temperature of the springs vary according to rainfall, seasons and the level of the Waikato River. Bring your own towel and dry clothes. Please take all rubbish away with you.
There are no changing rooms at the Otumuheke Stream in Spa Park. If you are uncomfortable changing in public, you might like to visit any of these commercial hot pools in the Great Lake Taupo region.
Getting there :
The natural hot pools of Otumuheke Stream is located in Spa Park, Taupo. Drive or walk along Spa Road from Taupo town towards Spa Park. It takes roughly 25 minutes to get to Spa Park from Taupo town. Once you have passed Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger, turn left into Spa Park until you reach the car park. From there, follow the path towards the river until you come to a bridge. The hot pools are located around and under the bridge.
Safety Precautions :
- Please do not leave any valuables in your car at the Spa Park car park. If you have too, please ensure items such as iPods, phones, passports, credit cards, cash, wallets or handbags are well hidden and not visible.
- Make sure your vehicle is securely locked.
- Try not to bring valuable items down to the hot pools. Leave them at your accommodation. If you did bring valuables with you, be responsible for your property and do not leave them unattended. If you are in a group, have a friend stay with your belongings while others swim.
- Cyclists, please ensure your bicycles are locked and secured. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
- View the 'Safety Guide for Visitors' for more tips