New Zealand Springs
The following list includes all places in NZ where it is
known that springs might occur (hot, mineral, and significant cold springs).
Some of these no longer exist. Some of the places mentioned are thermal
regions that are not developed for tourism and which might be quite dangerous
to vsit and explore.
Springs marked ** are described from first-hand experience.
However, they might have changed considerably since last visited.
AC Baths **
Taupo. Hot, pool & tubs. "Armed Constabulary". A lido complex but only
the private pools are hot springs. Very nice, however.
Orakaikorako. Stream crossing road to north east of Orakeikorako.
Downstream from the road.
Taranaki. Number 70 in Preservation. Southwest of Egmont.
Didn't find them but local farmer says that they are just warm. Was bottled
at one time, apparently.
Taupo. All submerged under lake?
Whakatane. Awakeri. Hot, pool & tubs. Thermal resort. Has campground.
Very pleasant. Outdoor large pool, good temperature, partly covered. Has
indoor tubs in converted water tanks - effective but airless and with a
Whakatane. Edgcumbe. Cold, fresh. West of Tarawera river. There are many
cold water springs between the volcanic lakes and the coast. There is a
old hydroelectric ruin around here somewhere.
Taupo. GS shows 4 springs and 2 thermal areas in vincinity.
Westland. "Located on Cedar Flat, about 1.25 km above the Toaroha
Canterbury. "Located on Cow Stream, just above its confluence
with the Edwards River, a tributary of the Waiau River."
Canterbury. "Located in McElroy Gorge on the Cox River, a tributary
of the Poulter River."
Thames Valley. Matamata. Not public. On other side of the river from Opal
springs. Was once public, now a Christian camp.
Taupo. Hot, pool & tubs. Thermal resort. Very pleasant. (Now with hydroslide.)
Onekeneke valley. Terrace hotel (historic) and campground. Very well maintained.
Pools are discounted to campers. Private pools included in entry price.
Excellent breakfast at cafe.
Located on the Deception river, 5.5km from the Arthur's pass highway.
Rotorua. Waiotapu. Hot, rustic. There are 3 hot springs, Waikite, Puakohurea,
and unnamed, marked off Earthquake Flat road - was once the main
road south. One is close to the road on the stream bank. The other two
are in a stream branch further south and may feed Waikite. The road
does not go right through.
Fairy Springs **
Rotorua. Cold, fresh. A major tourist attraction, mainly to view the trout.
Bay of Plenty. Tauranga. Hot, pool & tubs. Small but pleasant, although
close to public tip. Public outdoor pool and private indoor tubs. Indoor
hot as one likes.
Westland Number 86 in Preservation.
Rotorua. Waiotapu. Hot Pool at campground for campers only. Originally
known as Orangikereru.
"Located on the Grantham River, a tributary of the Waiau River, 12km west
of Hanmer Springs."
Rotorua. North lake. Cold, fresh. Nice park, redwoods, path to source which
Canterbury. Hanmer. Hot, pool & tubs. A major and historic spa resort.
Springs now developed into a very attractive facility.
Westland. Lake Brunner. Hot, rustic. Inland from lake Brunner on Haupiri
river. Pickering says "A rather obscure hot pool that once obviously had
more use as there is a slimy dank concrete tub surrounding the spring.
An unpleasant place."
Westland. Wanganui River. Hot, rustic. Insignificant springs?
Fiordland. "Located at the side of a creek in the upper Henry
Burn, near Dusky Sound. Warm pool."
or Waikimihia. Rotorua. Mokoia Island. Hot, rustic. There are several baths
on the south-eastern side of the island. There is a boat service from Rotorua.
Tongariro. Turangi. Thermal area on hill above Waihi village. Not open
to the public.
Taupo. Orakaikorako. Hot, rustic, beach. "On east edge of lake Ohakuri,
1 km above Waihunuhunu stream. Reputed to be pretty nice."
Rotorua. Number 44 in Preservation. No details.
Waikato. Exact location unknown
Hot springs creek
Westland Wanganui River. "This is off the Wanganui river some 3km
from the road end. A ford of the Wanganui is required although the springs
are rumoured to pleasant once reached."
Hot Water Beach **
Coromandel. Whitianga. Hot, dig & soak. Also called Orua. As well as
the two springs on the beach, maps show a number on the creek heading inland.
Swimming in ocean dangerous.
On shore of Lake Tarawera.
Canterbury. Lake Sumner. Hot, rustic. Nine K from top of Lake Sumner on
south side of river. Quite small.
Fiordland. "Located 100m from the Irene River, on the true right,
near Charles Sound. Large flow. Only warm."
Whanganui. Number 72 in Preservation. No details.
Westland. Taipo river. Number 79 in Preservation. "This is
a long way up the Taipo river by the old slab constructed hut. Usually
best in Winter, when it can accommodate two at a time"
Kaitoke Springs **
Great Barrier. Claris. Hot, rustic. This is a series of springs in a creek
about 3/4 hour walk from the road. Picnic table. Pools formed in creek.
Westland. Number 81 in Preservation. Kokatahi? "Located
in the Upper Kokatahi River, about 3km above the junction with Crawford
Creek, and some 12km from the road end."
Kamo Springs **
N. Auckland. Kamo. Warm, pool. Now owned by campground. Not very hot. "Only
the Champagne Pool remains in use". Quite scungy.
Taupo Or craters of the moon. Any springs?
Taupo AC Baths?
Thames Valley. Ngatea. Number 15 in Preservation. Shown on GS map
as close to highway 2 north of Keripehi. Locals have not heard of it but
hot water is obtained from bores. "Springs no longer emerge at surface
because of local drainage".
Kerosene Creek **
Rotorua Waiotapu. Hot, rustic. In the Waiotapu forest off Old Waiotapu
Road. Hakereteke stream, runs quite hot over a hot waterfall. Well worth
Tongariro. Mt Tongariro. Hot, rustic. Two hours walk up the mountain. Now
closed to soaking, cause tapu.
Rotorua. Rotorua. Hot, footpool. Was an important bathing pool. Now footpools
and lake in a park.
Eastern shore in beach sands.
Northland. Kaikohe. Hot Soda Spring Located on the shore flats of Lake
Taupo. GS shows 11 springs in this neighbourhood. To be investigated.
Many springs in Waikato river to the north. See also Rotokawa near Rotorua.
Waikato. Rangiriri. Number 14 in Preservation. Shown in GS as in
lake close to eastern shore. N52 734889. "Small sinter islet in Lake Waikare."
Thames Valley. Matamata. Number 22 in Preservation. GS map shows
two springs 3K SSW of Manawaru on stream bank. Is this Waitoa? 11km NNW
of Waitoa. N53 080810.
Taupo. Mangakino. Lake covers a thermal area on eastern side.
Bay of Plenty. Kawerau. 18km WSW of Kawerau. Warm only?
Hawkes Bay. Puketitiri. Hot, rustic. See Mangatutu Spring for access to
the road end. From the car park it is a brisk 2-hour walk down to and along
the Mohaka river to the Puia Lodge hut. The hut sleeps about 20 and is
pleasantly located. The walk to the hut also affords pleasant views although
it has a couple of steep sections to get around bluffs. Springs a further
half hour on from the hut. Nice tubs.
Hawkes Bay. Puketitiri. Hot, rustic. This is 2 hours drive from Napier
taking the Puketitiri Road. From Puketitiri the route is well marked via
the "Hot Springs Road" and Makaku Road. At the end of the public road the
route crosses the Makaku via the ford then follows a farm road for 10km
to a high terrace above the Mohaka river - the last section of the road
is rather rough and needs first gear but is quite OK. The end of the road
is the car park for access to the Mangatainoka Hot Spring. Mangatutu spring
is down the bank from the campground on the side of the bluff overlooking
the Mohaka Very pleasant.
Rotorua. Lake Rotoiti. Hot, rustic. On south shore of lake. Boat access
only as forestry is closed. Very pleasant.
Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti, south shore.
Westland. Lewis Pass. Hot, pool & tubs. Fantastic Japanese bathhouse
and outdoor pools.
Thames Valley. Matamata. Hot, rustic. Survey map shows springs in country
SE of town. Taihoa south road. Used as a private swimming bath.
Hawkes Bay. Waiau River Listed as 66 in Preservation. No details.
Bay of Plenty. Mayor Island. Hot, dig & soak. Springs and hot sand
on a couple of beaches.
Canterbury. Lake Sumner. "4K up stream from junction with Hurunui. Two
springs shown on GS map. Pickering says "this is a small piddling hot spring,
hardly worth a visit."
Auckland. Thames. Hot, pool & tubs. Thermal resort. Large public pool
at low temperature. Hot pool for adults at one end. Nice grounds
Taupo. GS maps show springs to south of Napier road and on beach.
Taupo. Ohakuri. Mentioned that there is a spring in Whanapoua valley but
no details found as yet. GS map shows spring and states "hot pool and swimming
bath". Another map shows springs on east bank of Waikato below Ohakuri
Gisborne. Wairoa. Hot, pool & tubs. In scenic reserve, operated by
DOC. Close to road has indoor and outdoor public hot pools, and outdoor
cold pool. Also a pair of private pools, very nice, open to bush. A 5 min
walk upstream are the Nikau plunge pools - 2 tubs that take about 6 each.
Fairly hot. Very pleasant surroundings.
Tongariro. Turangi. Number 60 in Preservation. Shown on GS to be
at east bottom of Motuoapa peninsular on lake Taupo edge.
Mount Maunganui **
Bay of Plenty. Tauranga. Hot, pool & tubs. Salt water. Recently renovated.
Rather nice. Unsure whether the water is natural or heated. There was a
natural spring on the site, however.
Westland Number 82 in Preservation.
Waikato.. Huntly. Hot, rustic. North of Waingaru two large springs which
have been known variously as the Whangape, the Awaroa, the Naike, the Waiora,
and Te Maire Springs.
Taupo. Orakaikorako. Number 49 in Preservation. GS map shows 3 springs
on bank of Orakonui stream, 2 k from Waikato R. GS also shows 4 springs
upstream on banks of the Waikato. Shown on AA road Atlas. Many shown on
other maps. Entrance to the forest road is S. side of bridge over Waikato
off Tutukau Road.
N. Auckland. Kaikohe. Hot, pool. Very mineralised and muddy. Old mercury
mines. Scungy. About 20 springs in the area. Needs exploration.
Taupo. Ohaaki. A large thermal pool? "Once a natural pool, sealed
in 1989 and now fed from a bore. "
Taupo. Mokai. Hot (not public) "The pools belong to the Ngati Te Kohera
people, centered around Pukaketaiari house."
Rotorua. Rotorua. Hot (not public). Was main bathing area in Rotorua but
now there are only some privately owned pools.
Tongariro. Waihohonu. Cold, fresh.
Waikato Rangiriri. Number 13 in Preservation. Shown on GS map as
being about 1/2 way between Rangiriri and Ohiniwai on swamp side of secondary
road. N52 669870. "300m E of Highway 1, 3.5km north of Ohinewai." Not very
hot? "Not found in recent survey"
Rotorua. Okataina. GS maps show hot spring in lake on eastern side.
Thames Valley. Tirau. Hot, pool. Neat surroundings. Historic country hotel.
Also Okoroire South. 1.4km south of Okoroire.
Bay of Plenty. Tauranga. Associated with camp ground. Pamphlet doesn't
make it seem appealing.
Whakatane. Kawerau. Hot (not public). All maps show a hot lake to the west
of Kawerau as well.
Rotorua. Waiotapu. Hot (not public) "At Reporoa there were dressing sheds
at Butchers Pool."
Opal Springs **
Thames Valley. Matamata. Hot, pool & tubs. Was Okauia. Ramaroa spring
is private pool. Nice spot with campground and cabins.
Taupo Orakaikorako ? Thermal area. Zillions of springs. On east bank south
of geyser area and on west bank to the north of the shop. Spa pools are
available to guests staying in rented cabins.
See Golden Springs
Rotorua "Lake Rotoatamaheke, mentioned in ""Yesterday's new
earth"", thermal reserve at Rotorua."
See Hotwater Beach
Rotorua Rotomahana. Hot, rustic. Maps show a bunch of springs in 4 different
locations on the west shore of the lake.
Westland Number 77 in Preservation. Pickering says "About
5km up the Otehake River (easy shingle travel up the river bed) by
a large island with beech trees and a good campsite. These spring depend
vitally on the state of the river as they seep into a normally dry side
bed of the river. Don't bother after rain."
Rotorua Rotoma. Spring in lake Rotoma in front of campground. Warm feet
only. Maps also show springs on track leading south from Waitangi.
Westland. Number 78 in Preservation. Located on the east bank of
the Otita river, beside the highway, 4.5km south of Otira."
Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti, South Shore
Auckland. Waiheke Island. Number 6 in Preservation. Shown on GS
maps. On stream running into Owhiti Bay, north coast to east before Stony
Batter. "No trace in recent years."
Thames. Valley. Paeroa. Cold, mineral.
Paradise Valley Springs
Rotorua. Ngongotaha. Cold, fresh.
Auckland. Helensville. Hot, pool & tubs. Thermal resort, slides etc.
Domain is now Aquatic Park. There is a large indoor pool that is moderately
hot and also private pools. Palm Springs is another resort. It is
smaller scale and keeps one spa pool at a good temperature - it also has
a private pool. There is a 3rd? "There are three motels with attached hot
Peach Tree **
Great Barrier. Claris. Hot, rustic.A small spring next to Kaitoke swamp,
about 1 1/2 hours walk from road. A soak pool (for two) has been formed.
Very hot, but a bit scungy. GS maps show 5 springs in this area.
Plummers Point **
Bay of Plenty. Tauranga. Hot, pool. Attached to camp ground. Open to the
public. Warm swimming pool plus hot soak pool - moderately hot but not
very. Pleasant surrounds. Likely to be crowded with children on holidays.
Rotorua. Hot, pool & tubs. Has the Priest and Radium pools as
well as others. The remains of Rotorua's heyday. Great.
Rotorua. Waikite. See Earthquake Flat.
See Mangatutu and Mangatainoka."
Canterbury. Lyttleton. Warm? Number 88 in Preservation. Shown on
map of Geology of Banks Peninsular as being at the head of Purau bay to
the east of Diamond Harbour. However, the owners of the Purau motor camp
have never heard of it. There area number of warm and mineralised
springs around Lyttleton, but nothing significant.
Thames Valley. Paeroa. Cold, mineral. 1.4 km SE of Puriri. Slightly
warm. 22.7 ml/s
Nelson. Motueka. Cold, fresh. Source of river.
Rotorua. 26 km N.E. of Rotorua.
Rotorua Campground **
Rotorua. Hot, pool. Pretty basic pool associated with the camping ground.
Not worth visiting for its own sake given the range of alternatives in
Rotorua. Lake Rotoiti. Up hills on south shore?
Sapphire Springs **
Bay of Plenty. Katikati. Hot, pool & tubs. Nice country resort. Water
not very hot.
Thames Valley. Matamata. Located about 3 km north of Waiteariki hot
spring. N57 342546. Big flow.
Silica Rapids **
Tongariro. Waikare stream. Cold, mineral. Interesting silca deposits.
Tongariro. Mangatepopo. Cold, mineral. Effervescent. Another map shows
a hot spring to the north of the track in fron Mangatapopo, SW of Tongarero
Taupo. The Glen valley below the AC. An enclosed pool? The outflow
from this flows into the Taupo river. There is a track down from Spa Park
that goes as far as Huka Falls. There is a large flow of water but it is
very hot. It is possible to get an appropriate mixture of hot and Waikato
Sylvia Flats **
Canterbury. Lewis Pass. Hot, rustic. On opposite side of Boyle river to
the Lewis pass road, 1K before road follows Lewis river up to pass. Are
there two springs? Sandfly heaven.
Rotorua. Lake Rotoiti. On north side. Most acid used. Haven't found it
South Thames Valley. Matamata. On western bank of Waihou river 6.4km
SSE of Matamata.
Rotorua. Ngongotaha. Cold, fresh..
Coromandel. Whitianga. Number 7 in Preservation. Shown on GS map
as being at north end of Whitianga beach in Mercury Bay. "Emerges through
the sandy bed of Taputapuatea Stream near where the main Whitianga-Kuaotunu
Road crosses. These springs have not been re-located in recent decades"
Hawkes Bay. Taupo-Napier road. Hot, rustic. 0.5 km from tavern. On a steep
slope above the Waipunga River. 2km from road. 2 tubs, open to the sky.
Not in good repair, but perhaps been done up recently?
Te Aroha **
Thames Valley. Te Aroha. Hot, tubs. Remants of old resort. Bookable spas
and No. 2 bath-house. Interesting museum and old hotel buildings. New outdoor
Taupo. Orakaikorako. Thermal area to be explored. Have seen map showing
springs up creek to the east.
Te Puia **
Gisborne. Te Puia. Hot, pool & tub. The spring is adjacent to the Te
Puia Springs hotel. The hotel is an old resort spa from the first half
of the century. The hotel is interesting and the grounds particularly so.
Bathing is in the hotel grounds. There is a well-maintained private pool
"The Sheba" (could hold half a dozen). The water is fairly hot but does
vary depending on the amount of recent rain. Outdoors is the original large
pool and changing rooms. The large pool is empty and not maintained but
there is a smaller shallow pool at one end that has been kept going.
Te Puia **
Waikato. Kawhia. Hot, dig & soak. Located on the beach due west of
Kawhia. Needs low tide?
Te Rata Bay
Rotorua. Tarawera. Hot, dig & soak. There is a spring on the beach
on the west side of the`southern bay of Lake Tarawera.
Westland Teareha river. Number 80 in Preservation. Toaroha?
Rotorua. Hot, footpool. Now called Hells Gate. Used to be able to bathe
in the waterfall but now there are only footpools.
Tongariro. Turangi. Hot, pool & tubs. Quite nice. Public pool can get
crowded - is fresh water (chlorinated) heated by thermal water. Private
pools may be closed after heavy rain. Can have to wait for a free private
pool. Private pools of varying sizes. Reasonably hot but not extreme. Alkaline
water, little odour.
Canterbury. Hope River. "A good day-and -a half tramp up the Hope
river to this one, a little up hot-spring creek. A beech tree shades the
pool, which can take a couple of bodies. Good camping on the grass flats
around the pool." Sounds worth the effort.
Thames Valley. Matamata?
Fiordland. Located on the true left of the Transit River. Warm
creek. Small flow.
20 km SW of Kawarau. Warm only.
Westland. Franz Josef. Hot, rustic. Junction of the Callery and Waiho rivers
some distance from Franz Josef.
Taupo. Orakaikorako. Road to east of Orakeikorako. Hot thermal stream
shown on map. Doesn't seem to be anything there.
See Hinemoa's Pool.
Rotorua. Waiotapu. Hot, pool & tubs. Small thermal resort formed from
Otamakokore stream. Most pleasant country pools. There is also a thermal
area further down the valley.
Urewera. Waiohau? Number 64 in Preservation. Shown on GS map. On
left bank (going upstream) of Waikokopu stream just before first fork.
Also called Pukehinau in Concise.
Waikato Te Akau. Number 18 in Preservation. Need to look on
GS map again. There is a Waikorea stream flowing to sea but map dot is
inland. N55 370689. 900m S of Waikorea stream in valley of small tributary
that enters stream about 6km from the sea. 47ml/sec. Local farmer says
Nelson. Takaka. Cold, fresh. The largest spring in New Zealand. Freezing
cold water but crystal clear. Worth a look. The "pupu" springs.
Whakatane. Te Teko. Cold, mineral. South of Awakeri, edge of Raungaehe
Hot stream. Nothing developed for bathing.
Waikato. Hamilton. Hot, pool & tubs. Popular family resort, slides
etc.. Hotel from 1885.
Whanganui. Pipiriki. Hot, rustic. On eastern bank of river just north of
Pipiriki. Reputed to be only warm.
Rotorua. Waiotapu. "There are 6 hot waterfalls of various heights though
not more than 100 people have seen the highest. There are 3 places where
hot streams join the Waiotapu stream." The southerly entrance road from
the state highway to the Waiotapu thermal area crosses a hot creek where
there is access for bathing.
Taupo. Mokai. Springs in Waipapa river, fairly close to Waikato,
are outflow of the Mokai thermal field. Maps also show a spring closer
to Mokai. Tirohanga youth camp, where Waipapa meets Waikato reputedly has
thermal water tap.
Hawkes Bay. Gentle Annie. Rustic. This is shown on the map of the Ruahine
Forest Park. It seems to be on the true right bank of the Taruarau river,
about 1km up stream from where a vehicle track crosses the river. The vehicle
track heads South off the Taihape-Napier road a few kilometers to the west
Taupo. Wairaki. Original waters now used for the hotel pools. There may
be other streams and pools in the area. GS maps show that there used to
be a series of springs up the Waikato river. Many are marked on survey
map in the hills behind Wairakei.
Urewera. "On the Wairoa stream. Highway 38, Mimiha bridge before Ruatahuna.
4hrs down Parahaki stream to where meets Wairoa and becomes Waiau, just
up from Parahaki Junction hut. Spring is 2 hrs up the Wairoa stream from
the forks, on left hand side. This is shown on the park map but a
visit to the spot marked revealed nothing currently.
Westland. Located on the true left of Waitaha River near junction
of Glamour Glen and Waitaha River below Morgan Gorge.
Waitangi or Soda Springs **
Rotorua. Lake Rotohue. Hot, rustic. Scungy but very hot. Nice outflow over
small dam for bathing. Impressive main spring on other side of the road.
There may be other springs in the area. The local campground has a spa-pool,
so they say.
Thames Valley. Matamata. Number 24 in Preservation. GS map shows
2 springs on edge of Kaimais. "In lower Waiteariki valley, beside Gravesons
Road, about 10km E of Waharoa" N57 351519. Adjacent to Till road. Matamata
hot springs reserve.
Bay of Plenty. Maketu Hot. (not public) ""During the 70s the baths were
run as a commercial venture." Shown on GS map. Number 30 in Preservation.
On south side of Maketu Estuary."
Tongariro. Turangi. Warm the toes. In Lake Taupo off the point at the outlet
of the Waitetoko stream just west of Waitetoko. Access through road to
private campground. Bubbles rising to surface, red discoloration on sand.
Quite close to the shore in some spots, hot to the searching foot. Might
become a "dig and soak" when the lake level is very low. Number 59 in Preservation.
Thames Valley. Tahuna. Number 16 in Preservation. Shown on GS map
on dead end road near Otway. "in swampland on bothe sides of Waitoa River,
11km NNW of Waitoa". N53 079810."
Auckland. Orewa. Hot, pool & tubs. Thermal resort, slides etc. Very
busy. The campground has a hot pool and there are motels/hotels with private
facilities. Campground now closed?
Thames Valley. Matamata . Number 25 in Preservation. No details.
"N66 193490 Near Maungapapa Stream at end of Scherers Road, 4.4 km W of
Westland. Located in several places along a large part of the
length of the Wanganui River. 1km. 4.5km. 23km (largest) upstream from
Bay of Plenty. Tauranga. Hot, pool & tubs. Tubes, family resort.
Westland. On Copeland Track. Hot, rustic. Reputed to be "in the world's
Rotorua. Hot (not public) Was public at one time. Now used by villagers
Bay of Plenty. Whakatane. GS maps show 2 springs on Island. Also called
Taupo. Located about 5km downstream from Mihi on the Whangairorohea
Westland. Number 84 in Preservation.
Coromandel. Hahei. Number 8 in Preservation. Shown on GS map
as being about 1K (900m) up stream at south end of Hahei beach. "Now the
actual site is difficult to locate"
Bay of Plenty. Katikati. Number 21 in Preservation. no details.
100m along swampy streamlet, flowing into Tuapiro Stream, 4km NNW of Katikati
on E side of Kaimai range, near Tauranga harbour. Locals have no knowledge,
but hot water is obtained from local bores.