Nestled in a tranquil valley in the Lewis Pass National Reserve, the river-rock-lined mineral pools at Maruia Hot Springs are designed to soothe your soul.
Whether you’re visiting for the day or staying overnight, you can immerse yourself in the mineral-rich water amongst the mountains, or be pampered with a day spa experience.
Alongside the natural outdoor pools is an Onsen-style bathhouse. Designed in the Japanese minimalist style, the entire end wall is a picture window overlooking the valley, so you can practice a spot of ‘shinrin-yoku,’ or forest bathing, alongside your actual bathing.
The pools at Maruia are open 24 hours for resort guests, so you can soak as the sun goes down and watch the first rays of sunlight inch down from the ridgelines from the comfort of your pool in the morning.
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