Thermal Pools & Bush Walks


Sapphire Springs Holiday Park & Thermal Pools feature three warm outdoor swimming pools and two hot tubs, in a picturesque natural bush setting. Complimented by a covered in BBQ area, this area is pefect for any occasion. There are also two hot private spas situated nearby.

The warm outdoor swimming pools include a small pool ideal for young children, a medium sized rectangular pool and a large kidney shaped deep pool. The pools are fed from a natural warm water spring which enters the pools between 30°C and 32°C and flows constantly through them. The two outdoor hot tubs are located next to the medium pool and sit at around 38°C, perfect for warming up on a cool evening.

Just a little way away from the main pools, are the two hot private spas. Located in a private room of their own, and heated up to a lovely 38°C for guests to enjoy a relaxing hot soak.

Pools are open daily (including public holidays) from 8.00am until 7.00pm (Private Spas are open from 9.00am).We apologise for any inconvenience when pools are closed for cleaning. Please phone us to find out days and times of cleaning.

Prices include all persons using the pools, park, BBQ area and bush walks (regardless of whether you are swimming or not).

Please view the Pools FAQs for more information.

Outdoor PoolsPrivate Spas
Adults (14 years and over) $7.50 $12.00
Children (1 to 13 years) $5.00 $6.00
Seniors (Gold Card Required) $6.50 $11.00
Family Pass (2A 2C or 1A 3C) $22.00 N/A
Spectator (14 years and over) $6.00 N/A

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under 8 years must be actively supervised by an adult.
Loyalty concessions available (every 10th visit free).
No Pets allowed, even in your vehicle.
Hot private spa is for 45 minutes. 6 persons maximum. Bookings are essential.
BBQ’s are coin operated, $2.

Important! Bookings are essential for large group access to the pools. Please contact reception 07 549 0768 [email protected] to book your group.


In conjunction with our swimming pools, Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Thermal Pools has several bush walks on offer. There are four in total ranging from 20 minutes to an hour in duration. Maps of the walking tracks are available at Reception.

While exploring the bush walks keep an eye out for some of New Zealand’s native trees, plants and fungi that abound the area – kauri, rimu, totara, tawa, punga, miro, puriri, nikau palms, liverworts, lichens and native orchids, ferns and mosses. The giant NZ kauri can grow to a girth of many metres and an age of hundreds of years and is now on one of New Zealand’s protected icons list. These majestic New Zealand native trees can be seen on the many bush walks at Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Thermal Pools.

In addition to the native trees, plants and fungi, you will often see, flitting above your head, the wonderful little fantail, or the iconic tui singing in the trees. Night time at Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Thermal Pools brings the moreporks and their haunting melancholic call, along with a number of spots along the river banks where you might find a slippery eel or some magical glowworms.

When exploring the bush please keep to the designated walking tracks and signs for your own safety and the safety of our environment. And please remember to take your rubbish with you, and leave only your footprints.

Sapphire Springs Holiday Park and Thermal Pools is also set around a sparkling clean river that can provide hours of entertainment on those hot summer days. Perfect for a cool dip, or just relax and watch the children splashing around in the many water holes. A game we often like to play is to make sail boats and watch them float down the river to see whose is fastest!