6 Soothing Hot Pools
Soak away your troubles this winter with our pick of the best hot pools within driving distance of Auckland
The Lost Spring, Whitianga
Even before stepping inside The Lost Spring, the sight of the leafy palm trees that line the drive begin to unwind the mind. Coconut perfumes the foyer and the sight of a tall pina colada from the bar will transport you instantly to the islands. Its lagoon-style pools are heated by underground geo-thermal springs, and sit tucked amongst tropical gardens. Massages, facials and other pampering packages make this a truly luxurious visit.
121A Cook Dr, Whitianga
Te Aroha Mineral Spas, Te Aroha
A trip to Te Aroha Mineral Spas will leave you relaxed and unwound — especially deserved if you've been hiking and biking the nearby trails. Soothe sore joint and muscles in your very own private wooden tub filled with silky, mineral-rich water which flows from Mt Te Aroha.
Te Aroha Domain off Boundary St, Te Aroha
Parakai Springs, Parakai
A 45-minute drive from the city is all it takes to reach the geothermal wonders of Parakai Springs, said to be the northwest’s best keep secret. The site has a large indoor and outdoor thermal pool, hydro-slides for the kids and a private thermal spa if quiet time is what you're after.
150 Parkhurst Rd, Parakai
Miranda Hot Springs, Thames
If you’re en route to the Coromandel, then a visit to Miranda Hot Springs will warm the bones on a chilly day. Nestled in picturesque grounds, choose from three rustic pools, which are thermally heated with fresh mineral water. Drop the little ones off at the children’s pool and head to the adults-only sauna to sweat it out.
Front Miranda Rd, Thames
Kaitoke Hot Springs, Great Barrier Island
Used by early Maori to bathe and re-energise, the healing waters of Kaitoke Hot Springs is a hot pool experience well and truly off the beaten track. The sulphurous springs can be reached on Great Barrier by taking the easy walking track from Whangaparapara Rd. There’s no robe or drinks menu here, but a chance to get off grid and connect with nature.
If donning your swimsuit mid-winter just seems ridiculous, stay indoors and try floating. Promised to be the ultimate in deep relaxation, floating involves soaking in thrice-filtered water laden with Epsom salts. The pod creates a weightless environment, which is used to de-stress, relax and heal the body over the hour-long session. With no external distractions this is the ultimate time out.
Try at White Beauty Spa and Float Lounge, 182 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. Ph (09) 376 9969.