Our Natural Thermal Pools

Soothing New Zealand Hot Springs

Every drop of our thermal water is heated by Mother Nature and infused with minerals – a process that takes 173 years. Ease your aching muscles with our water spouts and jets, soak in the silky-smooth sulphur pools or bask in gentle rapids and natural rock pools. All with a stunning backdrop so you can simply sit and watch the world go by.


Five new thermal pools

Cascade Pools

Open now!

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The five new pools sit among river boulder terraces and native gardens. Linked by waterfall and with water cascading over the rocks, they are a peaceful place to relax and soak while enjoying the water sounds surrounding you.

The back pool is natural sulphur & the bottom pool will have beach-style access making it easy for everyone to use.

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Aqua Therapy Pools

Our signature AquaTheapy pools are designed for one thing… pure muscle relief.

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AquaTherapy was designed in Europe. It’s attributed with increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles, improving balance and agility, decreasing joint swelling and pain and helping with a number of medical conditions.

It’s no wonder our AquaTherapy pools are extremely popular.

You’ll see a look of complete serenity on people’s faces as they dip underneath a cascading waterfall, cosy up to powerful water and air jets or sit and soak in the soothing waters feeling muscle tension melt away.

Each of our three pools uses different fundamentals of AquaTherapy.  One features tumbling waterfalls and water spouts, the second has a series of massaging water jets, and the third has powerful water and air jets.

Water flows between the pools creating a relaxing, bubbling sound that adds to the sense of escape, allowing you to transition through each element of AquaTherapy.

Seriously, put this on your ‘must do’ list.

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Hexagonal Pools

With inbuilt seating around the edge and in the centre of each pool, this is the place to relax and chat with family, friends or fellow travellers as you take in stunning mountain views.

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The Hexagonal Pools (or the ‘Hex’ pools as we fondly call them) are the oldest pools in our complex but some of the most popular.

They offer plenty of shade with giant canvas umbrellas over each pool – but rest assured, sun lovers, there's ample space to bask in the sunshine too.

You can take in stunning views of Conical Hill, Mount Isobel and Mount Dunblane. On clear evenings, the night sky from these pools offers a brilliant display.

You'll be surprised at who you will meet sitting beside you. Tourists come from all over the world so these pools are a great place to swap travel stories, tips or meet a local.

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Rainbow Pools


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Our Rainbow Pools are temporarily closed for routine maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience, and are working hard to get this work completed as quickly as possible. We hope you enjoy the other 20 outdoor thermal pools during this time. 

Beach style entry and sheltered native gardens combine to create an accessible and tranquil oasis.

The cleverly designed central island ensures there’s plenty of seating for you to enjoy. Surrounded by New Zealand native gardens, it’s easy to find a quiet nook in here.

Listen to the gentle song of bell-birds attracted to yellow flowering Kowhai trees, while bright green pittosporum, hebe and tussock grasses ensure a stunning variety of texture and colour all year round.

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Sulphur Pools

Volcanic rock cladding and an inspired rock formation set our Sulphur Pools apart. The three hot pools sit well above ground offering great views over the rest of the complex.

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You’ll love the silky feel of the mineral rich water, which is infused with sodium, chloride, boron, calcium and carbonate.

Internationally these waters are used to treat rheumatic conditions, paraplegia and can help heal bone fractures and soft tissue.

The water is completely natural. It comes straight from the nearby thermal bore (with no chlorine added) making these our hottest pools - ranging in temperature from 40 to 42 degrees Celsius. The heat means they're not recommended for pregnant women or babies and toddlers.

You’ll need to stay hydrated here. Help yourself to a cool and refreshing shower after you've been in these pools - you'll find one beside the water fountain.

And don’t forget to remove any silver jewellery before getting in as the natural minerals may tarnish it.

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Rock Pools

Our beautiful network of rock pools winds its way through gorgeous gardens, and underneath rustic wooden bridges. With large sheltered pools with plenty of space to stretch out and relax.

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The rock pools are connected by gentle rapids and waterways, with native plants and flowers woven into the rock formations along the edges.

The bubbling rapids beckon children who'll quietly clamber over the rocks to find tucked away pools and calming waters while Mum and Dad relax and watch nearby.

Couples after a quiet, secluded soak will have no trouble finding their own little oasis with a range of nooks and spots tucked away.  

Lie back and relax while you enjoy the birdsong from the surrounding native gardens.


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Private Pools

Your own oasis. Six private thermal pools available for couples or groups of up to six people.

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Escape to your own slice of tranquillity with our spacious and quiet private pools. Each features a European style wooden interior and garden views, so you can enjoy natural light while listening to the sounds of nature and the gentle flow of water with those closet to you.


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Sauna Suites

Loosen up tired muscles and invigorate your skin in our private sauna and steam rooms.

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There are many benefits of these energising traditions.

  • Improve cardiovascular performance
  • Aid in recovery after intense physical activity
  • Relieve stress
  • Can help fight illness
  • Cleanses the skin

Ease into pure relaxation dry heat, flushing out toxins and soften your skin. Our traditional sauna includes eucalyptus oil which can be added to the hot rocks to enhance your experience. This will assist your breathing & has added health benefits . It will also help you to relax muscle tension and lower blood pressure.

A sublime way to revive and prepare yourself for one of our lush spa treatments.

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Steam Suites

Loosen up tired muscles and invigorate your skin.

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There are many benefits of these energising traditions.

  • Clears congestion
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduces stress

Ease into generous clouds of steam, flushing out toxins and softening your skin to relax muscle tension and lower blood pressure.

A sublime way to revive and prepare yourself for one of our lush spa treatments.

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Sauna & Steam Suites

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Let us help find the best pool, by using the comparison table below.




Cascade Pools 37-42° 1.2m 12m
Aqua Therapy Pools 36-37° 1.2m 8m
Hexagonal Pools 38-40° 1.2m 8m
Rainbow Pools 37-38° 1.2m 8m
Sulphur Pools 40-42° 1.2m 8m
Rock Pools 34-36° 1.2m 8m
Private Pools 38-40° 1.2m 2m
Sauna Suites 80-85° - 2m
Steam Suites 39-42° - 3m

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
42 Amuri Ave
Hanmer Springs
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 315 0000
Freephone: 0800 442 663

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