Polynesian Spa Adult Pools
Tauranga, New Zealand
- The spa: Discover why people have come for the therapeutic waters since the 1800s. Two natural springs, one acidic and one alkaline, feed hot mineral pools that rejuvenate the skin and soothe muscles, aches, and pains.
- The adult pools: Immerse yourself in three acidic and three cascading alkaline pools, ranging in temperature from 100 to 108 degrees. This area is reserved for ages 15 and up, and also includes a stand-up pool for stretching and reflexology walk.
- The treatments: Enjoy a magnificent menu of wellness treatments, from Aix spa therapies to geothermal mud wraps, aromatherapy massage, relaxation massage, facials, and more.
About This Tauranga Tour
In Maori, the word taonga refers to treasures. But in their culture, treasures are not limited to gold, silver and precious stones. There are many things in nature that the Maori consider treasures: gifts from the gods. The pools at Polynesian Spa are such gifts.
Few places in the world have the geothermal footprint found in Rotorua. In Maori folklore, all the hot springs, geysers, mud pools, and other natural phenomena were created by Te Pupu and Te Hoata, the goddesses of fire.
The goddesses' brother, a priest named Ngatoroirangi who guided the great Te Arawa canoe from Polynesia to the land they called Aotearea, went exploring on his own. He found Tongariro Mountain and climbed. But it was so cold at the top that he began to freeze.
The priest called on his goddess sisters, and they traveled under land and sea in the form of fire, bringing warmth – and a trail of steaming ponds and other thermal hot spots, some of which now make up the Polynesian Spa.
The Maori consider themselves the guardians of all geothermal areas, and every hot spring in Rotorua is known and named by them. People come from all over to rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit here. And in the process you come to understand taonga. They may not know the names of the gods, but they certainly treasure the gifts.
Don't drink the water
Soaking in the Spa's therapeutic waters – acidic in the Priest Spring, alkaline in Rachel Spring – can do wonders for your body. But you don't want to drink any of it. All the hot pools are sulfuric. Drinking sulfur water may not kill you, but it will give you a case of what might be called Maori's revenge.
Please make your way to Hinemoa St, Rotorua to begin your adventure.
This tour offers independent exploration, giving you maximum flexibility to GoBe whatever and wherever you like and for the amount of time you wish to spend.
The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction. Varying surfaces will be encountered during your tour.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 15 years of age and older.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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