Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Morere Hot Springs

After Napier, March 3rd, we continued driving the east coast, out to the Mahia Peninsula. But first we stopped for a soak at Morere Hot Springs, an historic old hot springs resort now developed and run by the Department of Conservation. It is most unusual in that its springs are salt water, mineral-laden, but ancient sea water from a deep fissure. The Reserve has a number of hikes through a beautiful native forest, ample historical information, and pools of varying heat and privacy.

Picnic pavillon in the family area

Family pool, heated, but not hot

On one of the hikes; note the Nikau palms, more about which anon


Kauri trees, among others

Friendly feathered friend

Creek, flowing from the springs

The upper pools, varying temperatures, adults only

Among the ample historical information

Botanical info too

A baby kauri

A silver fern tree, the national emblem

Southern-most palm species in the world

And best of all...


Rebecca said...

The North Island looks so much more tropical!

Tawana said...

Hmmm. Private key holder only hot tubs? I fear hanky-panky!