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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.
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.