Enjoy a natural hot tub experience that complements the forest setting of the Waipa Valley. During the day, soak in secluded cedar tubs surrounded by birdsong. By night, the feature lighting of the tree ferns and boardwalks provide a relaxing setting to finish the days’ adventures.
This tour keeps things simple – you book an hour of secluded hot tub time (45 minutes of soak time and 15 minutes for getting in and out). You get your own tub for your party with no interruptions or rowdy swimmers. There are 12 tubs that are set outside amongst the tree ferns with optional umbrellas over the tub to shade you from the sun or rain. At night, you can soak in a magical setting of lanterns amongst the beautifully lit surrounding native bush.
The facilities have complimentary lockers to secure your gear. Mountain bikers are welcome to bring in the bikes. After showering and changing in brand-new cedar facilities, you'll be handed a flax kete (basket) with a craft beverage of your choice before heading down the boardwalk through the ferns to your secluded hot tub next to the Waipa stream. Relax, share the stories from your day’s adventures, and connect with nature.
A beautiful hidden spring high in the Whakarewarewa Forest supplies fresh spring water to the tubs. The water has a wonderful mineral balance, with neutral pH that's perfect for tired bodies to soak in. To keep it pure and natural, the location uses electronic oxidising, silver and copper ionising, and ultrasonic processes (Enviroswim technology) to ensure purity and safety, rather than a chemical-based approach. This meets the New Zealand Standard for Pool Water Quality and means that there is no skin or eye irritation typical of a chlorine-based system.
As an added bonus, because the water is not geothermal, you'll emerge from your soak fresh – no sulphur smell on your swimwear or skin! Each tub is filled with fresh water when you arrive, and freshly filtered water is continually replenishing your tub during your soak. Water temperature is set according to the day, usually, the tubs bubble at a nice 38 to 40C, or a bit cooler on hot days. If feeling overheated, refresh yourself with a complimentary ladle of cool water.
This secret hot tub location is a stone’s throw from Rotorua, hidden away in the Waipa Valley, in the heart of New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca. If you are local or a visitor to this patch of paradise, discover your own secret spot here after your day’s adventures. The western red cedar hot tubs are handcrafted by Mason Ridge Cedar and have a lovely woody smell that naturally infuses the waters with cedar oil. The 6-foot wide tubs can fit your mates and family easily as there are twelve lovely hot tubs to accommodate any sized group.
For those of you who don’t feel like a full-on hot tub soak, grab a fresh-brewed coffee or beverage and have a complimentary “shinny dip” – sit back and soak those tired legs in mini cedar hot tubs on the boardwalk. After your soak, lounge a little longer on the veranda and boardwalk area where you can enjoy a bite to eat, an ice cream, or a post-soak beverage while you check out your day’s GoPro clips. The secret hot tub location is open from 9am to 10pm in the Waipa Valley.
It’s important to book ahead so there will be a hot tub reserved with your name on it. Book before your mountain bike ride or walk in the Whakarewarewa Forest, and then you can slip into the hot tub when you come back to the carpark. Towels and swimwear are available for hire ($5) in case of a spur-of-the-moment decision to have a hot soak.