Taupo DeBretts is a favourite with both adults and kids. You’ll be spoilt for choice with pools, playgrounds and hydro slides. 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 at Taupo DeBretts website.
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 at Wairakei Terraces website.
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 hydro slides, 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 at the AC Baths website.
Tokaanu Thermal Pools
Tokaanu Thermal Walk and Tokaanu Thermal Pools, located at the southern end of Lake Taupo, offer a 15 minute geothermal bush walk and a great swimming spot for the whole family.
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.
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. Find out more at the Tokaanu Thermal Pools website.
Lusty's Lagoon, Lake Taupo Holiday Resort
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. This amazing, giant-sized thermally heated pool is open all year round and is a great way to warm up in winter after a day on the slopes.
Lusty’s Lagoon is available for use by guests staying at the Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, or day passes to the holiday resort (including pool access) can be purchased most days providing the resort is not too busy. The day pass will also allow you to use the playground, giant jumping pillow and barbecue facilities. Find out more at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort website.
Spa Thermal Park
Soak your worries away at the natural geothermal hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Thermal 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. Cool down by swimming out into the Waikato River. Find out more about Otumuheke Stream here.
Lake Taupo was formed by the most violent volcanic 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 to this day.
You'll notice steam rising from 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!