Fodor's Expert Review The Lost Spring

Whitianga Spa–Sight

There are spas, and then there is The Lost Spring; thermal pools, day spa, and licensed restaurant set in the middle of town yet landscaped as if they're hidden in the forest. After 20 years of listening to local lore, planning, and digging, owner Alan Hopping finally struck gold, in this case tapping into hot,16,000-year-old mineral water that comes from 2,113 feet, underground and now fills a man-made haven of steaming lagoons, waterfalls, and quartz-studded caves. Lie back in the water and watch native birds eating berries from the trees and ferns, and butterflies darting among the hibiscus. Waiters deliver snacks, fresh juices, beer, wine, or cocktails right to the water's edge. Wander along the paths and over the swing bridge to the restaurant or upstairs to the Day Spa for a massage or any other therapeutic treatment (book ahead). The only thing stopping The Lost Spring from being a truly therapeutic health spa is your thermal:cocktail ratio.

Spa–Sight

Quick Facts

121 A Cook Dr.
Whitianga, Waikato  3510, New Zealand

07-866–0456

www.thelostspring.co.nz

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: NZ$38 (90-min pass); NZ$68 (all-day pass), Restricted to 14 yrs and over

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