Ngawha Springs is a truly unique place with two hot pool complexes right next to each other:
Waiariki Hot Springs and Ngawha Spa.
The Ngawha Springs are located in the centre of a geothermally active area: an area that produces a considerable amount of Northland’s electricity – all while feeding over over a dozen hot pools of all sorts of colours, element make ups and temperatures.
Here are the profiles of a handful of the most popular pools at the Waiariki complex:
This is often Ngawha Spring’s hottest pool. The water is filled with dark particles, most likely pure carbon. The water in this pool has, for a long time, been used by the ones in the know to improve their eye sight.
- Usual temperature: waaaaay too hot! Over 45 degrees, on occasion over 50
- Colour: dark black
Don’t let the name misguide you…. This pool may be small, but it often packs a punch with temperatures above 40 degrees.
- Usual temperature: just over 40
- Colour: deep green
This is often the crowd favourite on both summer and winter days. Tanemahuta is usually just under 37 degrees, making it a pleasure to sit in – and “cool off” in summer.
- Usual temperature: around 36
- Colour: deep green/yellow
The purpose of this pool is in its name. Doctor is similar to Bulldog in colour, but is a little cooler at a usual 40-42 degrees. If you can spend some time in this pool – you should!
- Usual temperature: around 40-ish
- Colour: deep black
Solomon and Favourite
These two pools are very similar to each other – slightly warmer than body temperature, but under 40 degrees, these are amazing for full relaxation during the colder months.
- Usual temperature: around 37-39
- Colour: green-yellow-ish
Waikato is possibly to coolest of the main pools… No pun intended, as it’s considerably cooler than the neighbouring Solomon and Favourite. Great for facemasks though!
- Usual temperature: 35
- Colour: light grey
The Eastern pools
For the curious minds, wondering around the corner past the changing room will reveal 6 other pools – 4 of them are hot, and 2 are really cold.
- Usual temperature: 33-42
- Colour: various – try them out!
The cold pools
Many specialists speak of the benefit of “contrast” while bathing – these two pools are on the Eastern side of the complex provide a perfect opportunity to cool off. Their mud-like thick white colour can be mistaken for a hot pool.
- Usual temperature: I don’t know… too cold for me anyway!!!
- Colour: thick white
Ngawha Spa is located right next door, and has plenty more pools.
You can visit their website here:Visit Ngawha Spa website