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Waiariki Pools (Ngawha Springs Hot Pool)

Ngawha Springs Road, Kaikohe 0472, New Zealand
+64 9-405 2245
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Wonderful as usual

Have been coming here for 50 years... it’s been tidied up now so you don’t feel the sand underfoot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glenda G
via mobile
You will have to drive 5km from Kaikohe here and there's no accommodation. But the pools are worth it.

These are the most inexpensive hot pools in NZ. For $5, I had entry for a child and myself. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Margaret S
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Napier, New Zealand
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ngawha Springs Road, Kaikohe 0472, New Zealand
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+64 9-405 2245
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been coming here for 50 years... it’s been tidied up now so you don’t feel the sand underfoot or the pong in your skin for weeks later. Still a wonderful experience even in the rain. Seriously tho .. $4 is FAR too cheap.

Thank Glenda G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These are the most inexpensive hot pools in NZ. For $5, I had entry for a child and myself. The mineral waters 'warmed up my mid winter bones'. I also found mud and small gravel at the bottom of the pool, so I exfoliated my...More

Thank Margaret S
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Ngawha Springs - Very rustic but historical and authentic thermal bath experience. Many pools of different temperatures and mineral properties - take your pick & enjoy your $4 experience! Do NOT expect a “spa” experience. Suggest you bring the following Beach type footwear Swimsuit Water...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We had planned on going to Rotarua but a guide at the Kawiti Glow Worm caves recommended these, so we thought we'd check them out and we are glad we did! Very good value for money, fun, relaxing and a much more genuine experience that...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely way to end a busy day to soak those aching muscles. Very rustic with no frills and loved it. Great choices of pools and temperatures. Even had the colder ones when the heat gets too hot. Been to the touristy ones in Rotorua and...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Loved going here as a child and was great to go back to. In Rotorua you’d pay big money for the same soaker pools. The cost $4/adult reflects the facilities no showers but if you’re aware it doesn’t matter. Felt fantastic after our visit. Hidden...More

Thank traceyc405
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

Natural hot mineral waters that haven't been ruined by artificial modernisation. Wide range of water temperatures to soak in and the minerals make you feel great The pool surrounds are lovely old timber worn smooth by years of hands and feet and bottoms. Although the...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Wonderful place, kept in line with Maori culture, $4 in, changing rooms, toilets, cold shower outside, pools range from carbon based to cooler healing mud pools, visit as many as you wish & stay for as long as you like within the opening hours, wonderful...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Splendid place to take the waters, unfettered by designer facilities or twanky chic-ery etc. A simple basic delight - nine or ten (approx) small wood lined open air pools. Temperatures noted on the board and, on the day, varying from about 34 to 45 degrees....More

1  Thank decline421
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

A great little hot pools with a very rustic and basic layout. Friendly staff and a good spot to relax mid way along the cycle trail.

1  Thank NicolaFoote
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Linda095
10 February 2018|
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Response from Jenny M | Reviewed this property |
there was a cold water shower outside very public but I did not use it.
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Jesslyn C
3 July 2017|
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Response from nzgirl68 | Reviewed this property |
Kids are allowed, so assume that means toddlers. Won't be too cold in September as the pools are all warm. Just make sure you gave warm clothes to pop on after your swim. The changing rooms are basic and cold so make sure... More
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eshowegurl88
18 May 2017|
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Response from 8623PaulineS | Reviewed this property |
I am not too sure whether there are tours or buses go there, the best way is by car or bike, it is only 5 km out of Kaikohe. Maybe the Kaikohe information centre knows of other transport options.
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