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Top Free Natural Hot Springs in the North Island

hot thermal spring in north island, new zealand

Winter is coming and the cold blast will send you cooped up around fire places and heaters. But don't let the cold weather give you the indoor blues this winter. When you book a car rental with VroomVroomVroom, not only do you get the best for your buck, you also get to enjoy the outdoors again. With a car hire in tow, you can easily drive to these top six free natural hot springs in North Island.

Drive To Discover These Accessible Natural Hot Spring Locations

Waterfall Hot Springs

Geothermal water fall in Kerosene Creek, NZ

These are definitely hot spots for the couples. Imagine going on a night dip under the stars or even in the trickle of the cool refreshing rain. Pack a waterproof torch or set up a fire around the rocks, behind the water fall or under the bank to set a romantic scene.

How to get to Kerosene Creek

From Rotorua-Taupo, follow SH 5 until you see the turn off for Murupara. Then continue another 1/2 km until you pass a small bridge. After that, take a left on Old Waiotapu Road (gravel road) and reset your odometer. At 2.2 km you will notice a parking area to your right. Here you will locate the path that leads you alongside the stream through native bush to your destination. (Note: This location is known for theft, so make sure you secure all you valuables and lock up your rental car)

How to get to Waterfall Spout Bath

From Rotorua-Taupo, follow SH 5 until you reach the Waiotapu Tavern to your right. Then make a left on Waiotapu Loop Road and follow until you reach the The Avenue Rd turn off. This road closes at approximately 11 am so park your car rental near the barrier arm. From there, you can make the 5 min-walk down the road until you see the stream that goes under the road. Here you will find the path access that leads to this natural gem.

Beach Hot Springs

Te Puia hot springs Rotorua, NZ

Hot spots perfect for family and friends. These natural hot springs play hard to get and make you dig your own hot pool before you can enjoy and relax in it. Being able to cool off in the beach waters or send the kids off to play while you soak away your worries is a bonus. Just don't forget to pack that spade and check the tide times as you will have to wait 2 hours either side of low tide.

How to get to Hot Water Beach

Make your way onto SH 25 and follow until your reach the turn off for Hot Water Beach Road. Follow to the end of the road then turn left on Pye Place. Here, you will come to a parking and beach access to your left.

How to get to Te Puia Hot Springs

Head to Kawhia and follow SH 31 until you reach the little township. From here, just follow the signs that guide you to Ocean Beach. If you somehow get lost, ask the locals who are more than willing to help. You're on the right track if you made it to Te Puia Road. This leads directly to your destination and a place to park your car hire.

Stream/River Hot Springs

geothermal area at Wai-O-Tapu, North Island

The beauty of these natural hot springs is the temperature gauge settings that adjust to suit you individually. How you may ask? Well these thermal springs link up to fresh water streams/rivers. Thus, you get the luxury to move around the pool area to find that perfect hot spot. This place is ideal for all types of occasions, family, friends and even couples.

How to get to Otumuheke Stream

From SH 1, turn onto Spar Road. Follow the road until you reach County Ave and make a left. At the end of this road, you will reach an area to park your cheap car rental. From here, you will have to walk across a field that will lead you to a bridge that crosses over this hot destination.

How to get to The Bridge aka Hot'n Cold

From Rotorua-Taupo, follow SH 5. When you reach the Waiotapu Tavern there is a turn off for Waiotapu Loop Road. Continue a further 500 metres and take the second turn off for Waiotapu Loop Road on your left. Follow through until you reach a small bridge to get to your destination. Find a parking spot off the road and make your way down the bank to your sweet hot, cool or warm spot.