Waiotapu Bridge Hot Springs

Waiotapu Bridge Hot Springs



19 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

7 Thermal Pools

3 Waiotapu



Free Hot Pools Between Rotorua and Taupo

Turn off the State Highway at Wai-o-Tapu and directly beneath the bridge are free hot pools. These are formed by a stream that happens to be a perfect hot pool temperature.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRotorua RegionWaiotapu


  • Thermal Pools
  • Free


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Taruo Toomsalv's avatar

Taruo Toomsalv


Ranking: 8/10

Really relaxing warm water to relax in after a long hike. You do not see springs like these anywhere else.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Mark Punter

Ranking: 5/10

Dirty, rubbish and beer bottles on the side. River was very muddy and not clear. It also smelt. Dipped my toes in and it was warm but wasn't tempted to swim.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 8/10

Nice but very crowded. You should come here early like for Kerosene Creek ;)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Elizabeth Braidotti


Ranking: 10/10

DO NOT MISS THIS! It was hands down my favourite experience, swimming in the hot and cold creek, rubbing our Rotorua mud all over my body, my skin was so smooth all over!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Matej Trampzer

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

We were sitting in the hot river with a waterfall while it was raining on us. It was the best feeling in New Zealand so far!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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David Schelensky


Ranking: 10/10

You can swim in the hot water with cold stream from the river. Use mud for your body. Good bath!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jenny and Till


Ranking: 9/10

Directly located under a bridge is a hot stream that meets a cold river. There are separate ways to get into the water. Be careful: at the top it is really hot!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Damien Estanguet

Ranking: 10/10

Don't miss it, a good memory from New Zealand!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Lilli Erni


Ranking: 8/10

Natural pool where a cool and hot stream meet. Good to stop by and have a swim.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sina Sacranie


Ranking: 10/10

Down to local knowledge we found this idyllic setting and totally free.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Dan Lawson


Ranking: 10/10

If you go just beyond the Wai-O-Tapu entrance there is a hot stream meeting a cold one under a bridge, you cannot miss it. It is a great place for a little dip.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Josefina Tassone


Ranking: 10/10

Free and in the nature!! Love them.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sara Berton


Ranking: 9/10

This is fantastic this Mother Nature! Surprising and relaxing time!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014