Subscribe To This Site
XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines

Home
Travel Guide - North Is
Travel Guide - South Is
Regional Info
Kiwi Blog
Horseback Riding
Farmstay New Zealand
Car Rental
Accommodation
Hotel Deals
Cheap Bus Tickets
New Zealand Info
Maori Travel
Cruises
Interisland Ferry
New Zealand Tours
Adventure Travel
Travel Tips
New Zealand Birds
Newsletter
Submit Your Link
Contact Us
 

The hot springs of Waiwera on the coast of the Hauraki Gulf

The hot springs of Waiwera on the coast of the Hauraki Gulf were well known to Maori, whose method of bathing was to dig a large hole in the sandy beach and immerse themselves, while the hole filled gently around them with the hot healing waters, seeping up from beneath the ground.
Thermal springs by rivers and lakes inland are known to many New Zealanders, but there are only a few places where they are found in the sand of sea beaches.

Translated from Maori, Waiwera means simply ‘hot water’ but it was so revered that many referred to it as ‘te rata’ which translates as ‘the doctor’.

The bay in those days were protected by four fortified Pa's.

A pioneers reminiscenses record that at one time, around 3.000 Maori were seen on the beach.

In that era, the only way of reaching Waiwera was by sea. A boat would land passengers, who were met by a horse and dray and then ferried ashore dryshod.

For over a century the curative value of the hot springs has been known to the Europeans, prompting many to write testimonial letters claiming amazing therepeutic results.

Thirty miles north of Auckland, the main highway to Northland gives a sparkling view to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, narrow and graceful under clouds- themselves forming a peninsula in a sea of blue sky.

It is a great charm of this bay, that it has not yet been overwhelmed by too many houses.

The bush, the swimming, and the beach can be enjoyed by those who cherish peace in a relative sense.

Whether you pass through the bay by car, visit it by launch or yaucht, or fly over it in a small aircraft, the bay is one of the most impressive in a part of New Zealand that abounds in good beaches.

Searh the following links for more information on the bay or natural hot springs.

Have Something To Tell Others About This Region?

Share with us anything you know about this region...Perhaps a great image, a superb place to dine, or shop, or maybe an excellent tourist attraction...Anything that maybe of interest. Share it with us.

Enter Your Title

Tell Us Your Story! [ ? ]

Upload A Picture (optional) [ ? ]

Add Picture Caption (optional) 

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

Your Name

(first or full name)

Your Location

(ex. City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

Check box to agree to these submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)



Another Magical Natural Hot Spring Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort


footer for waiwera page