Waiwera Thermal Resort attracts over 350,000 visitors each year. We are located only 35 minutes north of Auckland, on the picturesque Hibiscus Coast. Our natural thermal pools are sheltered by the native bush and hills of the Waiwera valley. The perfect place to unwind and relax in our naturally hot thermal pools or try out our hydroslides!
Waiwera has been famous since 1848 for the therapeutic and curative properties of the water and became recognised as the first spa in the southern hemisphere in 1863.
People travelled from around the world to “take the waters” at Waiwera, bathing in and drinking the naturally hot mineral water which bubbled out of the ground at a constant temperature of 52 degrees celsius. The special healing powers of Waiwera Water came to be known far and wide, attracting a large international audience.
Waiwera’s natural mineral water, originally called Te Rata meaning The Doctor, is sourced from a geothermal aquifer located 1500 meters below the resort. This means every pool is 100% naturally hot!
Independent carbon dating by the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences estimates Waiwera water to be between 10,000 and 15,600 years old. Making it the oldest water in the world!
Waiwera Artesian Water is still bottled at the source over 140 years later! Our water is New Zealand made and our famous glass bottle design is based on the original glass bottle design from 1875. Our new bottle has won several prestigious awards notably for its bottle design in 2006 voted "World's Best Glass Bottle" in Milan, Italy. Furthermore, our water was voted “World's Best Water” in a blind taste test by International wine magazine, Decanter, London, UK in 2008.