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North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo

Public access hot river at Spa Park, Taupo

Free natural hot pools, in town! Choice!

Otumuheke Stream (hot river) winds its way through a series of small hot pools, merging with the mighty Waikato river at Spa Park in Taupo.

There is a walking track beside the stream, the higher you go the hotter the pools get.

Please respect the natural environment around you, keep the place clean and enjoy a soak in the thermal goodness!

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84 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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C J B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Winter morning: nothing better
Parking plenty up Spa Road. 5 min gravel path to bridge, footwear required.
Pools consist of two hot teirs, one with steamy water fall, the other accesses the cool river. MAX room for twelve, anymore would be a bad experience. Hooks supplied under bridge for towels and currently a toilet/changing facility is being built with lookout. Existing toilets and playground are back at parking area.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Felix Koehler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice and free spot. You have kind of natural whirlpools beneath a beautiful river. We really enjoyed it.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sarah Dorsett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Free thermal springs. When you are in the river, the mix of hot and cold is a strange sensation. Nice for a quick stop off.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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George Bellwood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Two thermal springs trickle into the cold river and create an excellent set of bathing pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lewis Cole

England

Ranking: 8/10

After a two hour hike, we were lucky enough to come across another hiker who informed us that the hot spring at the bridge at the beginning of our hike was worth the extra walk.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lucie Revay

Ranking: 7/10

It is really cool how the hot water from the spring mixes with the cold water. One moment you are cold, next thing you know the water is boiling. Very crowded though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nadja Guiliani

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Free and wonderful. Nature has given a place where you can go and enjoy cold and hot water coming from the ground. But it can get too busy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Simon Schatz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Central location. Free. Good thing to do on a rainy day.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Philipp

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice hot springs to take a relaxing bath. No entry fee but kind of crowded for sunset. Bring some cold beers.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gregor

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It is like a hot tub, just without bubbles! Very lovely! Do watch out for the carpark gate - it closes at 8pm.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sam

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Really amazing and mind blowing that you swim in the river and it is really hot. It is a little bit overcrowded.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Marek Dvonsky

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic hot water - relax.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Johannes Koch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was free and safe to stay with the car and the river was really chilly.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

84 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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C J B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Winter morning: nothing better
Parking plenty up Spa Road. 5 min gravel path to bridge, footwear required.
Pools consist of two hot teirs, one with steamy water fall, the other accesses the cool river. MAX room for twelve, anymore would be a bad experience. Hooks supplied under bridge for towels and currently a toilet/changing facility is being built with lookout. Existing toilets and playground are back at parking area.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Felix Koehler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice and free spot. You have kind of natural whirlpools beneath a beautiful river. We really enjoyed it.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Sarah Dorsett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Free thermal springs. When you are in the river, the mix of hot and cold is a strange sensation. Nice for a quick stop off.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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George Bellwood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Two thermal springs trickle into the cold river and create an excellent set of bathing pools.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lewis Cole

England

Ranking: 8/10

After a two hour hike, we were lucky enough to come across another hiker who informed us that the hot spring at the bridge at the beginning of our hike was worth the extra walk.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lucie Revay

Ranking: 7/10

It is really cool how the hot water from the spring mixes with the cold water. One moment you are cold, next thing you know the water is boiling. Very crowded though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Nadja Guiliani

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Free and wonderful. Nature has given a place where you can go and enjoy cold and hot water coming from the ground. But it can get too busy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Simon Schatz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Central location. Free. Good thing to do on a rainy day.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Philipp

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice hot springs to take a relaxing bath. No entry fee but kind of crowded for sunset. Bring some cold beers.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gregor

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It is like a hot tub, just without bubbles! Very lovely! Do watch out for the carpark gate - it closes at 8pm.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sam

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Really amazing and mind blowing that you swim in the river and it is really hot. It is a little bit overcrowded.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Marek Dvonsky

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic hot water - relax.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Johannes Koch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It was free and safe to stay with the car and the river was really chilly.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016