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Soothe tired muscles under the waterfall or laze in the natural rock pools, soaking up views of the nearby mighty Waikato River's lush emerald waters. This spot's a total gem loved by both locals and tourists, promising a relaxed vibe no matter the season.
The stream, heated by geothermal activity, flows 1500 meters from its source before merging with the Waikato River and has been a historical bathing and gathering spot for Māori.
Starting from Spa Thermal Park, follow the trail downhill. You'll find changing rooms, lockers, and a coffee kiosk to fuel up. Tip: Avoid the crowds by visiting earlier in the day. Not bathing? Relax on the wooden platforms offering prime views of the steamy natural oasis.
Do not leave valuables in your car; ensure your vehicle (or bicycle) is securely locked. Lockers for valuables are available beside the stream. For more safety tips, read the New Zealand Police Safety Guide for Visitors.
|About 500 m one way
|Easy: Mix of well-graded dirt, gravel paths and sealed pathways.
|Suitable for walking, buggies and bikes.
|Allow 10 min one way walking to the stream.
|Allow 5 min one way biking to the stream.
|The trail can be walked or biked in both directions.
|Changing rooms and toilets are available beside Otumuheke Stream. Toilets are also available at the Spa Thermal Park car park.
Spa Thermal Park is about a 25-minute walk from Taupō town centre.
|Parking is available at Spa Thermal Park on Country Road, off Spa Road. Check vehicle gate closure times on arrival.
|Dogs are allowed on leads.