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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
1 review
“Must see place”
Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

A must see for everyone. Anyone who have a first hand experience of volcano eruptions should go to this place. Take your family and friends there and believe you me it will be a fun for each one of you. You can sit there and have a feel of molten lava that comes out and make whole rotorua like a geyser where you can see so many thermal pools.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Half an hour out of the city with an in the middle of no where feel about the place. Driving along the road you cannot miss it because of the clouds of steam. Good value camping with full access to the spa and Eco trail, at the same price as camping elsewhere! Bathroom facilities and showers limited but clean. The spa is a great experience giving opportunity to chat with locals and tourists from all over the world; sharing the lovely pools. Spa pools are drained daily. Open to campers from early till after dark. Cafe is small but efficient and good. Do not expect a long Eco trail, but do take your time to experience the geothermal activity, as up close as any you will pay to see! We stayed 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the spa.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montville, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We were looking for a relaxing thermal pool experience and came across this place in the Lonely Planet guide. A limited amount of camping and van sites are available and the price includes free use of the pools - bargain! The amenities for campers are very new and very nice. The pools are great with a big one for activity and playing and several small ones where everyone just sits quietly. Temperature variations in each pool means that you can pick how hot you want it.

We ordered dinner from the cafe and it was a delicious lamb tagine and very good value.

The eco walk was very well done with the opportunity to really see the spring itself with the water bubbling up at some incredibly high temperature. Also great to see the system of cooling the water before it goes into the pools. The pools are emptied and refilled every night, ready for campground residents to slip into at 6.30am.

Great experience and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

This was a very nice location where you could experience the thermal spa's in public or private spas.

We chose the private spa although there were a number of public spa's you could choose to relax in.

The feeling it gave your body after the spa was like no other with an amazing silky smooth texture for your skin post the spa.

There was a very nice walk you could follow to see the origins of the spa pool water. quite an experience.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We spent a relaxing afternoon in the pools - the Eco walk was great too! Bargain price for a powered site and use of the pools. The amenities were basic - the showers and toilets were closed for rents so we had to use the showers and toilets at the pools, but that wasn't an issue. I would recommend this place and would love to return myself.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

These Pools are really worth a visit for a nice relaxing soak in the pools. They are emptied each night & refilled for next day. They have pools to suit all ages & have 3 Private Pools. My wife & I go out there now & again. They are only 30 minutes from Rotorua City.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

They charge per person, and we ended up paying $40 for one night for a non-powered site for our sleepervan. We felt this was good enough, but not that great value for money.

Sites are very close together (think about 8 sites total). Kitchen facilities are very basic (hotplate, toaster, kettle). Washroom facilities were very cold, and the shower water was surprisingly not that warm despite the fact the property has 1000's of litres of boiling water coming to the surface every second. The drying shed is a nice idea but really did little for our wet towels.

The only positive was that the price allowed us to use the hotpools and (presumably, but no one seemed to be watching) the 'eco' tour up to a spring, which is about a 3 minute journey that would have been disappointing had we had paid for it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Address: Waikite Valley Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Ranked #15 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Number of rooms: 20

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