Kaitoke Hot Springs Track

Kaitoke Hot Springs Track


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1 Face-to-Face

11 Great Barrier Island

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Men in springs.... - Great Barrier Island


4 km return | 1 hour 30 minutes return

The Kaitoke Hot Springs are a pool of hot water in a fork of the Kaitoke Stream. Maori often used the springs, but Europeans first frequented the steaming pools in the 1860s.


The start of the walk is signposted from Whangaparapara Road, approximately 5km before Whangaparapara.


The track is wide and even, although after 5 minutes you will have to cross a shallow stream. The track undulates gently to the fork in the river by the hot springs, where there is also a picnic bench.


The water can reach 84 degrees Centigrade, but is usually a more agreeable temperature. A concealed fault line in the region allows deep-circulating groundwater to rise through the overlying rock and re-emerge in the forested enclave.

Industrious locals have constructed a ring of river rocks around one pool, beneath the languid fronds of overhanging ferns. The silted base allows for a comfortable base and well-placed rocks form ‘pillows’. A picnic table is situated nearby. To avoid the danger of contracting amoebic meningitis, keep your head above water.


Feature Value Info


DOC Auckland

Central government organisation


North IslandAuckland RegionGreat Barrier Island


  • Thermal Pools
  • Walking
  • Free


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Andy & Louise Dutton


Ranking: 8/10

Not hard but picturesque walk with nice bath at the end.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2010

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick