Waitangi Soda Springs is the place to be if you want real and natural hot springs in Rotorua. The healing waters of these springs are perfect to revive mind, body and soul. Locals hold Waitangi close to their hearts as the springs have served as a resource for healing, relaxtion, educational forms, economic opportunities, cooking food and preparation of weaving materials. Located off the beaten track and nestled amongst nature near Lake Rotoehu and Lake Rotoma.

Distance from Rotorua: 33 km (about a 35 minute drive)

How To Get There: Take SH30 towards Whakatane. Turn left at Manawahe Road, just before the petrol station. The pools are 200 metres on your left from the intersection of SH30 and the Manawahe Road curve.

Insider Tip: Waitangi Soda Springs is open 7 days a week and have family passes available from $25 - a good way to keep the kids occupied during the holidays.