The Secret Spot Hot Tub, Rotorua

The Secret Spot Hot Tubs, Rotorua

If you’re after a relaxing soak or somewhere to wind down after a hard day of mountain biking in the Redwoods, visiting The Secret Spot hot tubs is a must. These hot pools are the perfect spot to unwind, relax and grab a bite to eat. 

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The Secret Spot Hot Pools

The Secret Spot Hot Tubs are located on the edge of the Redwood Forest and right beside the Rotorua mountain bike park. 

Upon arrival, order a beverage from the bar (which will be delivered to your pool) and then head to the changing rooms. Once done walk along the boardwalk following the signposts to your hot tub. Your drinks will most likely already be there once you get to your pool, along with a Kete (flax bag) with refreshing cold complimentary water. 

The Secret Spot Boardwalk, Rotorua
The Secret Spot pool entry, Rotorua

The Secret Spot hot pools are filled with pure spring water from the surrounding hills and mountains. This spring water has a range of minerals perfect for tired bodies to soak in. Each hot tub is set amongst native NZ trees, overlooking the stream and the Redwood Forest making for a serene setting. Sit back, relax, share the stories from your day’s adventure and soak in the glorious scenery. 

The Secret Spot, Rotorua Hot Pools

If an entire body hot tub is not for you, you can also try the complimentary “Shinny dip” mini tubs to soak your calf muscles after a hard day riding whilst enjoying a beverage.

If you’re after a bite to eat, The Secret spot also does the most amazing burgers, which truly hit the spot when you’re hungry! 

What to know about visiting The Secret Spot Hot Tubs

Location: The Secret Spot, 13/33 Waipa State Mill Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3073

Cost: From $35 per person for 45 mins

  • The Secret Spot is open from 9 am – 10 pm every day.
  • Children welcome.
  • Bookings essential. 

How to get to Rotorua

By Bus

You can get to Rotorua via bus from most major nearby towns including Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, and Tauranga. The best option is Intercity, which is the main bus trip provider in New Zealand. 

By Car

Exploring Rotorua by car is a great option as it allows you to explore the city at your own pace and travel to places that the buses do not necessarily go. If you need to rent a car, there are a few good options. 

  • Jucy Rentals – budget car options + small campervans
  • Snap Rentals – available in Christchurch, Queenstown, Auckland
  • Ace Rentals – Christchurch, Dunedin, Greymouth, Picton, Wellington, Auckland

Drive times to The Secret Spot:

  • Auckland to Rotorua: 3 hrs
  • Hamilton to Rotorua: 1.5 hrs
  • Tauranga to Rotorua: 1 hr
  • Napier to Rotorua: 3 hrs

Rotorua Accommodation

Budget Option (less than $100/night):

Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua

Location: Central Rotorua

Rock Solid Backpackers in Rotorua is located in the heart of the city. This accommodation offers a range of dormitory rooms, as well as private rooms for those who like their own space. All rooms include bed linen. If you’re looking for some fun, this accommodation is located directly opposite a rock climbing wall, or for something a little more relaxed take a walk to the weekly night markets.

This accommodation is a 9 min drive from The Secret Spot hot pools.

Mid-range couples/families accommodation ($100 – $250/night): 

Wylie Court Motor Lodge 

Location: Glenholme, Rotorua

Wylie Court Motor Lodge is set in stunning park-like surroundings located a 10 min walk from the town centre and 1km from Wharewaka Thermal Village. There are a range of accommodation options from twin rooms to executive family apartments. Enjoy the private thermal pools most rooms have to offer or the large onsite thermal swimming pool. 

This accommodation is a 5 min drive from The Secret Spot hot pools.

Luxury Accommodation ($300+/night): 

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Location: Kawha Point, Rotorua

For 5-star accommodation in Rotorua, book a stay at the Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel. This glorious accommodation is set on 1 acre of manicured gardens beside Lake Rotorua. Guests can enjoy the use of the private jetty, swimming pool, croquet lawn, and petanque course. 

Guest suites and private residences offer superior bliss, appointed to the standard you would expect from a 5-star hotel – with views to die for (across the lake or rose garden), premium white linens, deep baths and a fireplace in each room. 

This accommodation is a 13 min drive from The Secret Spot hot pools and a 7 min drive from the town centre.

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