on May 26, 2010
Fed by the waters of Franz Josef Glacier and nestled in a native, temperate rainforest, the three main pools and three private pools at Glacier Hot Pools offer the perfect post-hike activity (or anti-activity) on the West Coast.The setting is lush and completely unique. The pools were built elsewhere and then installed here so as not to destroy the flora, and the result is amazing: plants are not only surviving, but thriving, and they provide a wonderful natural backdrop that enhances a feeling of relaxation.I settled in with only a few other guests at about 4:30pm; it seems that the pools fill up later (they’re open until 10pm, with last entry at 9pm) for soaks under the stars. I zoned out to the songs of birds high up in the trees, staying just alert enough to switch pools every once in a while. The three main pools each have a different temperature—36, 38, and 40 degrees Celsius—and all are beyond comfortable: I became so relaxed that I forgot the code to my locker and had to ask a staff member to open it for me so I could change when I was done.Adult entry to the pools is NZ$22.50, or NZ$40 for a hidden private pool with cabana and bathroom. Massages and spa products are also available.
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