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Polynesian Spa

Therapeutic hot pools

New Zealand: Polynesian Thermal Spa in Rotorua

It’s said that local Māori knew of the therapeutic benefits of Rotorua’s geothermal waters and bathed for centuries in the acidic pool 'Te Pupunitanga', now called Priest’s Bath, at Polynesian Spa.

European thermal bathing history began in 1878, with the water hailed for its healing properties and touted as a cure for ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism.

On the lakefront, these days, Polynesian Spa offers a fusion of 28 hot mineral spring pools, spa therapies and picturesque views of Lake Rotorua. If you’re after a bit of privacy, splurge on a deluxe private pool.

Don’t be reticent about bringing your kids as there are family pools and children love this place. There’s a small hydroslide and toddler pool.

There are lots of thermal pool options in and around Rotorua.

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Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Eli Duke