Akatarewa Stream


Akatarewa Stream is a thermally heated waterfall and naturally occurring pool, which is part of the Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, it is situated on the banks of Lake Ohakuri crossing road to the northeast of Orakeikorako.
There are actually three hot pools here. Two natural ones in a stream and a third which is a hot tub filled from geothermal sources and emptied and refilled every day. After using the pools, you can take a cold plunge in the lake. The area is surounded by native bush, birdlife in abundance and glow worms at night.
The pool is used and maintained by the members of the Rotota Sun Club. If you do decide to go on your own, tour groups usually arrive at 11 am and 2 pm so you may wish to avoid these busy times. Out of respect please stay within the stream area and do not cross the boundary land which belong to private landowners.