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Free hot pools in Taupo, Otumuheke Stream – find out more

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Otumuheke stream is glorious with natural rock pools and even a warm waterfall. Otumuheke Stream hot pools are located in the Spa Thermal Park and are free.

There are several access points to the Otumuheke Stream. Follow clearly marked signs. The hot stream waters as they meet the very cool Waikato River creates a medley of warm, cool and surprisingly hot water. It is as though the shower temperature control is faulty.

Otumuheke stream hot pools are well known and expect to share with other visitors. If you plan to swim or even dip your toes in the pools and want to walk the Huka Falls walkway, organise the swim after the walk. Relax in the natural waters and enjoy. There are signs warning swimmers of the nearby swift currents of the Waikato River and kids will need supervision. The Otumuheke stream flows into the Waikato River.


The Spa Park car park is open daylight hours only.

Otumuheke Stream hot pools mark the start of the Huka falls walking trail. Nearby is the Rotary ride mountain bike trail for enthusiasts who have hired / carried their bikes on holiday. The Huka falls walk largely runs alongside the deep green Waikato River. The walk is a snapshot of native lowland bush, the majesty of the Waikato River and pockets of farmland.

  • Length: 3.5km (one way)
Otumuheke Stream, New Zealand @Stuff / PAMELA WADE
Otumuheke Stream, New Zealand @Stuff / PAMELA WADE

Get someone to pick you up at either end of the walk, hopefully with you soaking in the pool as they arrive with transport.



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