Queenstown must do - Onsen Hot Pools
If you're lucky enough to be spending some time in the beautiful city that is Queenstown, promise me that you won't leave without visiting the Onsen Hot Pools! Set on the cliffside overlooking the Shotover River Canyon, you get to relax while taking in the alpine scenery.
How to get there
Located at 160 Arthurs Point Road, just 10 minutes from the centre of Queenstown, these pools are nice and easy to get to. The drive is pretty scenic too - much like the rest of the entire Queenstown area!
If you are driving, park on the street then take a short walk down the trail towards the river. Don't worry, it's pretty easy to find. If anyone's going to get lost it would be me and I was fine. They recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your booking. Each time slot is an hour so you want to make the most of your time in the pool!
If you haven't got a car, Onsen offer a complimentary shuttle service that will pick you up from the Station Building in central Queenstown. Make sure you book the shuttle when booking your pool as it only operates on request and for bookings on-the-hour. It will pick you up from the station 30 mins before your booking, don't be late!
When to go
The pools are open every day from 9am to 11pm so there's plenty of time slots to choose from. Depending on the time of year, the pools may be hot or cold. I went during the winter so my pool was nice and hot, it was so relaxing! If you do have a temperature preference just tell them when you book and they will try accomodate your request.
Because it was so cold when I was in Queenstown (compared to Auckland anyway) the pool felt very hot getting in. It takes a while to adjust but if you do find yourself feeling too hot there is a button you can push to add some cold water into the pool.
The time I booked for my pool was 4pm which was a good time but ideally I would have loved to be here for sunset. If you've been following me for awhile you've probably caught on that sunsets are one of my favourite things EVER!
If you are the kind of person who loves stargazing, go for a night time booking. The Hot Pools have this awesome retractable roof that opens and closes with the touch of a button. If you do go in the evening it's slightly more expensive at $95 NZD instead of $75 NZD for the daytime pool but I reckon it would be so worth it!
For an extra $12.50 you can indulge a little bit more and receive an aromatherapy burner, towels, a glass of wine, beer or juice and a choice of ice-cream, crisps or chocolate!
What to bring
There isn't a lot you need to bring with you, just togs and a towel and of course a camera cause did you even go to the Onsen Hot Pools if you didn't post a photo on Insta?! If you go in winter make sure you bring warm clothes to put on afterwards!
Do I need to book?
YES! Definitely. Try to make a booking a couple weeks in advance if you can. These pools are pretty popular so the time slots fill up fast.
It's easy to book through the website but they also have a number you can call if you prefer to phone.
Have you ever been to the Onsen Hot Pools?