Otumuheke Stream, Spa Thermal Park

Soak your worries away at the natural geothermal hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Thermal Park. This beautiful natural hot spot on the banks of the Waikato River is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Upgrade 2018

Work has begun on an exciting redevelopment of Otumuheke Stream area in Spa Thermal Park, Taupo. 

The redevelopment includes:

  • New toilet facilities with changing rooms and lockers,
  • River edge lounging platforms
  • Hot spring seating area
  • Extensive landscaping
  • New walking bridge to allow more space for bathers.

A coffee kiosk will also be operating onsite and storyboards placed along the walking track to explain the historic significance of the area.

During the first stage of construction, access to the hot stream may be prohibited for health and safety reasons. There will be signs to advise visitors of any closures and information about alternative walking routes to Huka Falls.

Check out some of the other hot pools in Great Lake Taupo here.  

Getting there

The natural hot pools of Otumuheke Stream are located in Spa Thermal Park, Taupo. Spa Thermal Park is about a 25 minute walk from Taupo town centre.

Once you have passed Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger, turn left into Spa Thermal 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 tips

  • Do not leave any valuables in your car. Please ensure items such as iPods, phones, passports, credit cards, cash, wallets or handbags are well hidden.
  • Make sure your vehicle is securely locked.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended at the hot pools. 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.
  • Read the New Zealand Police Safety Guide for Visitors for more safety tips.
Physical Address: Spa Thermal Park
Spa Road
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