Spa Park

Spa Park

Taupo

Reviews

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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 over 3 years 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 over 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 almost 5 years 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 over 5 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 over 5 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 over 5 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 over 5 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 over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Marek Dvonsky

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic hot water - relax.

Reviewed over 5 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 over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Robert Klub

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A 40 minute walk from the Huka Falls to reach the pools. It is simply a bay where two hot streams are merging with the Waikato River and you can sit and relax.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Patrick Veber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

This is a free activity. You can park at the Spa Thermal Park and walk to the Otumuheke Stream and have a bath in the hot stream and the cold river at the same time.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jamie Serieux

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Really lovely spot and great park area.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anders Hauke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very relaxing beach. Nice surroundings. Friendly staff.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Mikkel Palleson

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

This spa is amazing. It is free, authentic, cosy and easily accessible. It is by the Huka Falls river, so you can swim in both hot and cold water, just metres apart.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Melissa Fuster

France

Ranking: 8/10

A very hot river. So relaxing!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Eric Hertort

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The Taupo thermal pools are really nice. There is a small river with hot water which goes in a bigger river and therefore are some small pools.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Alex Reeve

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Do not pay for thermal parks! The Spa Park near Lake Taupo is a must visit. It is a free thermal pool that connects to the river allowing a great hot/cold mix.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Maartje

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

A cold water, warm water stream come together. Really nice for a swim, it is for free and not crowded at all. Clear and quiet place. Park the car where a small bridge crosses the river. It is right under the bridge.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Fabian

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Nice view and location, but the water was not deep enough to really get in there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Clara Loizeil

France

Ranking: 7/10

Free and funny. Free spa next to the river.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sebastian and Susanna

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Was free and when we went there there was only one person so it was a perfect start to the day.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Shany Maydan

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Such a cool natural and free place. Just along the trail of the river, which was cold (there is a beautiful stream of hot springs so you can sit in between and enjoy the best combo of hot and cold.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Jade Cownley

England

Ranking: 9/10

Hot thermal pools to laze around in and when it gets a bit too hot you can just float over to the river. Can get very busy though.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Polly Rider

England

Ranking: 9/10

Free natural thermal springs in Taupo - opposite the AC Baths. Was like having a hot bath!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Erik Hafuer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A little bit too crowded.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Pierre Planchez

France

Ranking: 9/10

Free hot springs. Crowded in summer but go under the bridge and you will have your own private pool!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nimh Oudhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

The best really hot thermal we have seen and natural and beautiful place!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Vincent Schaeflier

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Laura

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great! Water was so warm.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Alisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Hot pool in the nature! Slippery and quite full.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Lola

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice to be there for a few hours. Good to relax.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Julia Schabenberger

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great to relax.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Stephen Revah

France

Ranking: 9/10

Nice for a short bath of hot and cold water, not too many people.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Florent Bouillon

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Very, very no stressful. We went there twice in two days, to spend the end of the afternoon and after that we slept very well.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Agathe Dupuis

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Really pleasant spot, we can swim in the river or stay in the hot water - it is a very good place.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jenny Finch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great thermal springs, on the way to Huka Falls, nice way to while away some time in the sunshine!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Hadler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was a nice distraction for the track which we started at the Huka Falls, It was not overcrowded and one could have a nice dip in the water before heading back.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jesseca Klausch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

First (and only) hot springs we found for free, very nice and warm (hot) water, different pools with different temperatures, next to a cold river (nice to change warm and cold), they looked nice and you could get a massage from the waterfalls.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Victor Herranz

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

So good and nice.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Max Meternich

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Hot water comes in the river. Go swimming for free. Really good.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philip Donachie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Easy to get to and great fun for all ages. Roasting in hot water and cooling off in the river afterwards.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Andreas Jung

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Directly on the Waikato River, a hot spring with waterfall for free, you can site and lie in natuerelle hot pools and it is too hot you can go in the cold river. After relaxing you can walk to the Huka Falls, amazing how strong the water is......

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Zuzana Holubova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

It is hard to find this place, next to the river is a stream with hot water, the best time for a visit is during the night.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Guillaume Yedoux

France

Ranking: 8/10

So hot!!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Mattias

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Super hot stream with nice bathing location. Almost too hot though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cecilia Anderson

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

We took a bath in the thermal park which was wonderful. It was amazing to bath in a hot spring in the real nature. It was nearly too hot, but still wonderful.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lea Darotchetche

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place near town. There can be a lot of people. The hot pools are near the river so when you swim, it is hot on top and cold in the bottom - strange and fun!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Arnaud Memay

France

Ranking: 7/10

Free hot pools in Taupo! Perfect bath between river and hot pools, natural! Very strange, hot in your top, cold in your bottom.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Callum

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of people, bit off putting but once you are in, it is great.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Luca Willensrock

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Hot water river that goes into a cold river-great to sit in those hot natural "whirlpools".

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Julia Ahrend

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nearly too hot, but definitely worth going and enjoyable.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Molly Ladd

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing place - a scalding hot waterfall drops water into a series of sitting pools, then mixes with the nearby river. There is always a perfect spot for any temperature! The downside is it can get very crowded. Its family-friendly, so no nude bathers please!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Missy and Chaz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

A hot stream you walk right up to and hop in! What could be better??

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Magic spot, especially if you get it to yourself, the waikato river is beauty here too

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Jessica Marling

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot to step and relax. There are natural hot pools/hot waterfalls that you will love.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Camille and Lucie

France

Ranking: 9/10

Little wild springs next to the Waikato River. You just have to sit on the stones and enjoy steam and hot water.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Johannes Mullner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice and hot.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Clement_Weather

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

There are historical (going back donkey's years) and ongoing concerns about the security of vehicles in the carpark here. Don't leave anything of value in your car. If you really have to then hide it out of site. The place is frequently cruised by locals looking to help themselves to other people's property.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Jaroslav Gajdos

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Free bath in hot stream.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Yves & Sylvia

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Great little hot river.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Maximilian Heller

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Better than paid hot pools!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Luis Valenzuela

England

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome, felt nicely removed from the main tourist track. Back to nature!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carl & Desiree Potter

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent experience swimming in natural hot spa.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Annie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Spa Park hotspot is a must - at the start of the Huka Falls track, take your togs and relax in the shallow hot spots, very relaxing.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in December 2011

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FamilyGuy

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great Setting & a choice of temperatures to suit, from warm to HOT. Quite easy to find: Head up Spa Road: Past the Bungy on your left is Spa Park. Park in carpark & follow path down to the river. (Follow the Huka Falls trail). Do respect the area & plse don't litter.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Rissa W

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to relax and soak in the open air, and can't beat the location right on the banks of the mighty Waikato. Get changed at the toilets before you walk down to the park, as there are no facilities at the water's edge.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Gema

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

The hot spring is really nice and is free. The views for the lake is wonderful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Aimee Pollett

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Hot - cold options but beware of litter, esp broken glass.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Vanessa Hanzen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice, not too crowded.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Natthien Le Gall

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very hot creek arriving in cold Waikato, very nice.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Rebecca Stones

England

Ranking: 10/10

10 min wallk through the park to a hot water spring on the edge of the river. Great evening sun, take a picnic and chill out in the hot water. Gates shut at 7pm.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Matthijs Muijsers

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

A free dip in natural hot water. If your have got sunburnt the day before, probably too hot....

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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hooperuk

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What a fabulous experience. Jump into hot pools adjacent to river. Really exhilarating experience with hot and cold (if you choose!)

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Hailey & Fin

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome pools! Hot water flows down into the Lake so you sit where it's halfway hot & half cold! So nice!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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John N

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot for a swim where thermal spring joins the river.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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WiebkeS

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very relaxing after a walk, great and its free

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Lars Haf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Unknown by tourists, better than paid pools, more natural.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Blair Malcolm

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Free - if you there there early or late enough you'd have the place to yourself.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Pieter Neeleman

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful to go in water by nature that's warm, a less distance it's cold from the river.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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varenaee

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Free hot pools in a stream. Lovey spot next the the Waikato river and close to Taupo.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago