Mangatutu Hot Springs

Mangatutu Hot Springs

After a not-insignificant drive from Napier along winding, narrow gravel roads, a small paradise awaits. Located high in the Kawekas, as the road finally flattens out, is a turnoff to a small car park and track to the Mangatutu hot springs. Though the walk down is steep, it is well-maintained, and the destination is simply incredible. 
On the hillside are two large naturally-fed geothermal hot pools, offering views over the Mohaka River and the dense bush of the valley beyond.

A hundred metres past the hot pool turnoff is the modest Mangatutu campsite, with two large camping areas and a couple more private areas for small setups.

Ranger quarters are on site, as this piece of paradise is far from a secret, so choosing your time is imperative to your ability to soak in the pool in peace and tranquillity. For nature lovers, keep an eye and ear out for deer and abundant bird life around camp, including Ruru (Morepork)

From the hot pool car park, a track leads down to the Mohaka River valley, home to Whio. 

For full details and updates, see DOC who manage this facility.

Wildlife: 1

Scenic: 1

History / Points of interest: 1

Quiet / Relaxed: 1/2

Visit again: 1

Smiles per Hour rating: 4 1/2


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