Formed along an active geological hotspot, it’s no surprise that New Zealand is home to many natural hot springs. Nestled amongst spectacular forest, mountain and plains scenery, for relaxation and spa aficionados they’re an essential destination. There are hot springs all throughout the country, which can be enjoyed in both summer and winter. Some offer private spa and massage facilities, with health and beauty services attached. For anyone looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in New Zealand, checking out the hot pools is a great idea.
Hot Tubs Omarama. Located on the Canterbury plains near the small town of Omarama, these private hot pools allow you to set your own temperature according to your liking. During the day the panoramic mountain scenery offers amazing views, and overnight it’s the perfect place to enjoy the resplendent beauty of the Milky Way above. The water is clear and natural, fresh from the mountains.
Polynesian Spa Rotorua. The Polynesian Spa in Rotorua is famous for its health and beauty properties, and is a spa of international renown. Located in a lush, beautiful native bush environment, the water in the spa is full of minerals. There are also beautician services that use the mud that bubbles to the surface in the many surrounding geothermal fields. There are both public and private pools, as well as a play area for children, making it perfect for families, couples and individuals.
Hanmer Springs. Located in northern Canterbury, the small village of Hanmer Springs evokes the feel of a Swiss chalet town, with deciduous forest and wooden alpine-style houses. The hot springs are fully equipped for both adults and kids, and because the two areas are connected, kids can go off and play while the adults relax. However because of this those looking for a more peaceful, private atmosphere may be better off with somewhere smaller, such as Maruia Springs, which is about half an hour’s drive away.
Onsen Queenstown. Nestled high above Lake Wakatipu, this Japanese-style onsen offers private rooms that you can set to your desired temperature. As you look out over the forested hillsides and across the township, it’s an extremely relaxing, reclusive experience. As they only offer private rooms, it’s essential to book in advance.
New Zealand’s many natural hot springs combine the scenic splendour of the country with a deeply relaxing and healing experience. Soak in the natural waters and take a break even for just a weekend or afternoon to feel replenished.