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Polynesian Spa – Rotorua

Polynesian Spa is an historical hot mineral springs spa, situated five minutes walk from Rotorua’s central business district, and overlooks Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua.

Voted as one of the top ten spas in the world (Medical and Thermal Spas)
2004 and 2005 by Condé Nast Traveller.

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading international spa. There are thirty-five hot mineral pools including adults’ only pools, a family spa, private pools and deluxe bathing in the Lake Spa.

The Lake Spa Retreat offers a comprehensive range of spa, body and skin therapies in a luxurious private relaxation haven. You can enjoy spa cuisine in our foyer Café or browse through our gift shop specializing in spa products and New Zealand souvenirs.

There are two types of mineral water used at the spa – acidic and alkaline. The Radium & Priest Hot Springs are acidic springs which flow from the pumice. Since we have no control over the temperature, clarity, or its water level these properties change constantly.

Temperature varies from 33°C to 43°C (92°F to 110°F). This type of spa is strictly for adults use only.The water that fills the main bathing pool, private pools, the Family Spa, and the Lake Spa Retreat is entirely different – water is soft, more alkali and it naturally flows from a boiling spring 100 metres away from the complex. This water has to be cooled down by adding water from the town’s water supply.

Thousands of our visitors attest to the remedial effect our hot mineral waters have on ailments such as muscular aches, arthritis, and rheumatism. The Radium and Priest Springs are most noted for this… The alkaline waters have a very soothing effect on the skin as well.

Our operation is geared toward modernising the traditional spa concept of therapy – relaxation and enjoyment. There is liberal use of plants and running water to add to the relaxing nature of the pools.


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