Geothermal Hotspots

Great Lake Taupo is a volcanic, geothermal wonderland with natural thermal hot pools perfect for a relaxing soak at the end of a long day.

Taupo DeBretts


Taupo DeBretts is a favourite with both adults and kids. You’ll be spoilt for choice with pools, playgrounds and hydroslides. As well as the main pools (complete with waterfall and bubbling hydrotherapy spots) they also offer 12 private mineral pools. The pools are all varying in temperature it’s easy to slip into the soothing hot water and feel your worries wash away. Find out more about Taupo DeBretts here.

Wairakei Terraces

Set in beautiful native bush, soak up the peace and quiet at the adults-only Wairakei Terraces Hot Pools. The waters and clays of Wairakei were highly valued by Maori for their healing powers and therapeutic benefits. Visitors can now bathe in a series of hot thermal pools rich in minerals. The pools are uniquely situated below magnificent silica terraces, leaving you warm long after you have left the water. Find out more about Wairakei Terraces here.

AC Baths


AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community. The state of the art facilities include a large outdoor leisure pool with two toddler areas, two 25-metre lane pools, an indoor learn-to-swim pool, two hydroslides, a tarzan swing, four private thermal mineral pools, a sauna and a café. All the pools are thermally heated using natural hot water, promising a relaxing and enjoyable day out for the whole family. Find out more about AC Baths here.


Tokaanu Thermal Pools

Tokaanu Thermal Walk and Tokaanu Thermal Pools at the southern end of the lake – a 15 to 20 minute geothermal bush walk, and a great swimming spot for the whole family. The private, natural mineral pools, which range in temperature from 39˚C to 41˚C, are recommended before enjoying the large public pool that is heated with fresh chlorinated water to around 36 to 38 degrees celsius.While you are with us, why not explore the Tokaanu Thermal Walk.

The people of local Maori tribe Ngati Kurauia have lived alongside the Tokaanu Stream and thermal area since the 16th century. To this day they use the Thermal Pools for relaxation, bathing, and their therapeutic qualities. Find out more about Tokaanu Thermal Pools here.

Spa Thermal Park

Soak your worries away at the natural geothermal hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park. This free hot spot is popular with both locals and visitors. Have a gentle massage under the waterfall or soak in the shallow pools. The level and temperature of the springs vary depending on the rainfall, season and the level of the river. Great place for a picnic and just to enjoy nature. Find out more about Otumuheke Stream here.

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo was formed by the most violent eruption history has ever recorded. The crater left by the eruption filled with clean, fresh water from the mountains of the Tongairro National Park. The lake remains volcanically active, something you'll notice as you swim through pockets of much warmer water, heated by thermal activity in the lake's depths. Find one of these hot spots, dig your feet in and feel glorious hot water flowing up from the ground. Find Taupo's warm water beach on a map here.

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