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Otumuheke Stream

Taupō town

Warm geothermal waters from Otumuheke Stream flow gently into the Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park, providing a hot spot where bathers can relax in healing mineral water.

Soak under a waterfall or in the natural rock pools whilst taking in the stunning views of the deep green, crystal-clear waters of the mighty Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river.

The Otumuheke Stream area had a significant upgrade in 2018 including new changing rooms, lockers and toilets, river edge lounging platforms, a hot spring seating area, coffee kiosk and storyboards explaining the historic significance of the area. Otumuheke is a historical bathing and meeting place for Māori and the redevelopment has been a joint project between local iwi (Māori tribes) and the Taupō District Council.

Adjacent to the bathing area is the start of the Huka Trail which leads to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. The trail follows the banks of the Waikato River, showcasing spectacular scenery whilst taking hikers through areas of native bush before arriving at the Falls. This walk will take two hours return for those of average fitness and is the perfect way to discover some of the most beautiful natural surroundings of the area.

Be sure to check out many of the other hot pools and natural geothermal attractions in the Taupō region.

Getting there

The natural hot pools of Otumuheke Stream are located in Spa Thermal Park, Taupo. Spa Thermal Park is about a 25 minute walk from Taupō town centre.

Once you have passed Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger, turn left at County Avenue into Spa Thermal Park until you reach the car park. From there, follow the path towards the river until you come to a bridge. The hot pools are located around and under the bridge. 

Safety tips

  • Do not leave any valuables in your car. Please ensure items such as iPods, phones, passports, credit cards, cash, wallets or handbags are well hidden.
  • Make sure your vehicle is securely locked.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended at the hot pools. Please use lockers provided.
  • Cyclists, please ensure your bicycles are locked and secured.
  • Read the New Zealand Police Safety Guide for Visitors for more safety tips.

Opening times

Business hours
Open every day. Free entry.
+64 7 376 0027
Physical address:
County Avenue, Spa Thermal Park
Taupō town
New Zealand