Soak the stress away on the ultimate hot springs adventure. Our luxurious hot springs New Zealand road trip takes you from North Island to South Island through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand – and to some of the world’s best hot springs. Embrace the benefits of mineral-rich baths as you slip into ancient springs, turquoise baths and poolside bars. Take your pick or try them all!

North Island

Come and see the geothermal wonders at the Polynesian Spa. Image from Graeme Murray.


Surrounded by a glittering harbour and spectacular landscapes, the vibrant city of Auckland is a great place to start a hot springs North Island New Zealand adventure. Known for its food, arts, and culture, you’ll also find plenty of great accommodation options.

The Lost Spring, Whitianga

210 km / 4 hrs east of Auckland

Tucked away in lush tropical forest, The Lost Spring unveils natural pools, waterfalls and a tranquil ambience on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Revitalise the soul by sinking into steaming geothermal pools with a poolside drink. You can also indulge in a therapeutic massage at the Tree Top day spa and dine afterwards in the historic schoolhouse restaurant. 

Te Aroha Mineral Spa, Te Aroha

148 km / 2 hrs 20 mins south of Whitianga

Tucked into the foot of magnificent Mount Te Aroha, the healing mineral waters here have been renowned since the 1800s. Sink into your own private wooden tub or choose from a range of beauty and massage treatments to soothe tired muscles after a day on the road.

Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

100 km / 1 hr south of Te Aroha

Roturua is known for its geothermal wonders. Famed for being New Zealand’s original hot spring experience, Polynesian Spa’s 28 geothermal pools will pamper you with indulgent day spa experiences, from private pools to mud therapies – there’s even a therapy relaxation lounge. 

Waikite Valley, Rotorua

100 km / 1 hr south of Te Aroha

One of the other best hot springs Rotorua has to offer is Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. 

Enjoy the lavish 100% pure geothermal spring water that cascades into the thermal swimming pools. You’ll love the Tranquil Garden Pool overlooking the boiling Otamakokore Stream.

Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa, Taupō

80 km / 1 hr south of Rotorua

Nestled in the beautiful Wairakei geothermal valley, Wairekei Terraces offer natural silica pools with a range of steam rooms, pools and therapeutic mineral treatments – surrounded by stunning valley views. Soak in the warm waters while being embraced by gorgeous wilderness. 

Relax in Taupo before heading to South Island

Travelling to South Island can be done by either plane from Taupo Airport or by crossing with your car on the ferry from Wellington. Get the rest you need beforehand surrounded by gorgeous Taupo scenery at Quality Suites Huka Falls or Quality Inn Acapulco.

South Island

a couple in a wooden hot tub at night looking up at the stars
Visit the Hot Tubs Omarama at night for some amazing scenery! Image from Miles Holden.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools

287 km / 3 hrs 55 mins from Picton (if travelling by ferry)

134 km / 1 hr 40 mins from Christchurch (if travelling by plane)

A slice of spa paradise surrounded by forest – and the perfect place to start your hot springs South Island journey. Featuring second-to-none hydro slides for a thrill, soothing sulphur pools for a chill, and a ‘lazy river’ for any time of day, the beautiful Hanmer Springs are an ideal place to recharge. The beach-styled Rainbow Pools, surrounded by yellow Kowhai trees, are blissful. 

Take a break in Christchurch

Situated on the meandering Avon River, Christchurch is a great place to explore – enjoy the city’s vibrant cultural attractions or take a gliding river punt tour through the Botanic Gardens from the Antigua Boat Sheds. You’ll also find accommodation to suit every taste and style. 

Opuke Thermal Pool 

97km / 1 hr west of Christchurch

Fed by a geothermal aquifer, this secluded Opuke Thermal Pool is surrounded by lush greenery, the stunning Southern Alps and alpine views. Enjoy the peaceful ambience at the swim-up bar in the Tranquility Pools.

Coastal vibes in Timaru

106 km / 1 hr south of Opuke

Timaru is a gorgeous beachside destination with plenty of great attractions around Caroline Bay. Make the most of the bay, waterfront restaurants and Aigantighe Art Gallery by staying close to the action at Comfort Hotel Benvenue.

Tekapo Springs

107 km / 1 hr 20 mins north west of Timaru

A plunge pool, solar tub and steam next to breathtaking alpine views. What’s not to love about the Lake Tekapo New Zealand hot springs? Nestled in the incredible heart of South Island Tekapo Springs packs the full alpine experience with stunning views of the lake. Soak your worries away at the Glacial Day Spa overlooks the pools and the onsite café.

Hot tubs Omarama 

92 km / 1 hr south of Tekapo

Finish your luxurious road trip at the iconic Omarama Hot Tubs. Situated in the stunning Mackenzie Basin, this hidden gem offers private cedar tubs and soothing hydrotherapy jets nestled in a secluded garden area. Soak in the baths at night and take in a spectacular night sky view above.

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