Perfect Post-Hike Non-Activity

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by midtownmjd 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.
Glacier Hot Pools
Cron St.
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
0800 044 044

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