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Waiariki Pools (Ngawha Springs Hot Pool)

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Perfect end to a busy day!

Several mineral baths scattered throughout the premises, each one at varying temperatures. The day... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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The real deal

Don't expect azure, crystal-clear water in tropical garden setting. This collection of small inky... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2018
Freda L
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Ngawha Springs Road, Kaikohe 0472, New Zealand
+64 9-405 2245
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All reviews aches and pains hidden gem changing rooms long time healing properties no frills authentic experience great value for money sulphur smell varying temperatures per adult entry fee wide range place is great take away local spot traditional maori
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Several mineral baths scattered throughout the premises, each one at varying temperatures. The day was overcast with light drizzle of rain so the pools was a perfect way to relax with the rain cooling off the heat. Most definitely worth the money In fact I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Keilarnamak
Reviewed 14 December 2018

Don't expect azure, crystal-clear water in tropical garden setting. This collection of small inky pools in somewhat rustic surroundings delivers a real thermal bathing experience. The water has healing properties; I'm told some people park up in their campervans for a week and bathe three...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Freda L
Reviewed 25 November 2018

We knew that this was going to be a natural/rustic experience, and it was. The price was right, and the volunteer at the front was very friendly. We've been to a number of hot springs - some super developed, and some not. While the experience...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HHinMexico
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

I've been to flashier, more modern thermal pools/springs with all sorts of extras. But hot mineral water is still just hot mineral water. The facilities were very basic, but everything was clean and in good condition. You will not beat this for the $4 entry...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank X773POjamesf
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We’d been recommended to visit this place by a number of people. It’s super cheap and the water ranges in temperature depending on how hot you like it. There are showers for rinsing off afterwards and the locals are friendly.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jessisaw
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Recently I visited this attraction which was disappointing to say the least. The facilities were tired, dated. Surfaces were slippery and the pools were in need of repair and upgrade. It was not worth the 30 min drive from Paihia.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank tasha_moynahan
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

These pools aren't too far from Kaikohe and they cost $4 to enter. These pools are not glamorous, my understanding is they are taken care of by volunteers. The gentleman at the office was very friendly and reminded us to keep our belongings close by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Keith H
Reviewed 10 August 2018 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 182glendag
Reviewed 19 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Margaret S
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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank joanhessidence
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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.
Jesslyn C
3 July 2017|
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
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.