Soaking under the stars in Omarama New Zealand, the place hot tub experience in the South Island

Updated: Jun 1

Hot tub with a view? Yes please!

Omarama hot pools is the Kiwi version of Onsen that has so many health benefits.

Apart from it being the ultimate relaxation, it was the perfect stop on our South Island trip to sooth our aching muscles from the all the hiking and walking we had done that week.

The Experience


The friendly owners have been running this complex for years and really have perfected the entire experience. Each private wood-fired hot tub is a private sanctuary, cleverly tucked away amongst tussock grass, for you to enjoy the beautiful Country landscapes and MacKenzie skies with your loved ones.

Watching the beautiful sun set over the mountains ranges was breath-taking, as the night time sky began to appear and the stars began to shine, we didn’t want to leave!

The used water from each tub (there are 8 of them) is pumped back on to the land to support sustainability and refilled with fresh mountain water with zero added chemicals.

When can I visit?

Any time is good to go, we visited during the Summer and could adjust between cool and warm as we desired, there was also the extra treat of lupin flowers being in full bloom on our drive to Omarama.

In Winter, you can crank up the temperature for an extra cosy bath. For opening times, check out the details on their website here


Where is it located?

Omarama hot tubs is well located as it is an easy stop in travelling in either direction on the South Island. If travelling south from Christchurch on State Highway 1, it is best to turn off at Rangitata and follow State Highway 79 through Geraldine to Fairlie, then turn right onto SH8 which will take you to Omarama... you will find them right next to the highway (Twizel-Omarama road)

Price: $49 per person (based on two people) for 1 hour tub-time

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Tip: Book a time slot close to sunset to watch the sky change colour over the mountain ranges!

All opinions are our own on TwosomeTravellers blog

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