When the days get chilly, everyone seems to be driven to hot waters to soak. Since New Zealand has a number of volcanoes around, it's not surprising to find a thermal pool scattered in different locations. But what's hard is finding one that would not cost you a single cent while taking advantage of the relaxation brought by these pools. We at VroomVroomVroom felt compelled to provide a list of the best thermal pools in New Zealand's North Island for those seeking an unwinding spot perfect for ultimate relaxation.Your car rental will never be out of place with Spa Park Hot Springs located at Taupo. Enjoy a dip at this steaming stream that pours down a hillside, mixes with the Waikato River and creates the absolute riverside paradise. It wouldn't be much of a hassle reaching it since Spa Park Hot Springs is an easy walk from the carpark. Amuse yourself with the steaming mini waterfalls, the hot pools above the river, and the spot where the river water and the hot water mix together, thus producing a pool ideal for a hot sunny day. This hot spring is like experiencing the best of both worlds at once.
While still in Taupo, you can also drop by at Tokaanu Thermal Pools. For over 500 years, it has been used for bathing, dyeing clothes, and cooking but eventually it has been utilised by the European settlers for healing and relaxation. The hot pool is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy quality time with family and friends, or even himself.
Not only will you get your dose of hot pools, you will also be treated to a variety of campsites, studio units, and motel units at Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park. Located at Tauranga and open to the public daily, this park has two pools; one suitable for adults at 33 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius and a sloped end for children and toddlers while the other one is exclusive only for adults for optimum relaxation. It sits under 40 degrees Celsius.
Plan your trip around the North Island and don't forget to drop by at these hot pools. Book a car rental at VroomVroomVroom to easily drive yourself around.