Otumuheke Stream

Taupō town

Unwind following a day full of adventures by taking a dip in the thermally-heated Otumuheke Stream's mineral-laden waters while watching New Zealand's longest river flow by.

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.

Safety Tips

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.

Distance: About 500 m one way
Grade: Easy: Mix of well-graded dirt, gravel paths and sealed pathways.
Accessibility:  Suitable for walking, buggies and bikes.
Walking: Allow 10 min one way walking to the stream.
Biking: Allow 5 min one way biking to the stream.
Direction: The trail can be walked or biked in both directions.
Facilities: 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.
Getting there: Parking is available at Spa Thermal Park on Country Road, off Spa Road. Check vehicle gate closure times on arrival.
Dog access: Dogs are allowed on leads. 

Opening times

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