Did you know there are 100 thermal hot pools around New Zealand? Around 35 of those are commercial and around 60 are all natural, non-commercial hot pools. For a complete list, go to http://www.nzhotpools.co.nz/hot-pools.
Thermal pools are one of New Zealand's great side-trips, so if you're campervanning around NZ, make sure you unwind at one. And if you're looking for a steaming hot deal on New Zealand Campervan hire go to http://campervanhiresalefinder.co.nz.
The video below features Wakite Valley Thermal Pools www.hotpools.co.nz, which is around 25 minutes south of Rotorua, off State Highway 5. The pools tap into the ‘Living Waters’ of Te Manaroa Spring, the largest single source of 100% pure boiling water in New Zealand.
There's a main splash pool (35-38C), an adjoining toddlers' beach area and a sit and soak pool (38-40C) as well as a tranquil garden pool. From the private spas, you can control the temperature of your own pool and take in native bush views.
There's also an Eco-Trail -- an educational walk taking you to Te Manaroa Spring. Along the way you will learn about ferns and mosses that are unique to a few select geothermal areas in the southern Rotorua area.
All this plus a cafe and, importantly, a 20 site campground with shower, laundry & kitchen facilities. And yes, there are powered sites available.
Video: Justin relaxes in a hot pool at Wakite Valley
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