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  • Your Ultimate Guide for the Best R&R at Onsen Hot Pools

    Klook Team
    Klook Team
    31 Aug 2021
    Image credits: @amblackwood, @tayxleex, and @pianemec from @onsenhotpools

    Image credits: @amblackwood, @tayxleex, and @pianemec from @onsenhotpools

    Who’s up for a relaxing escapade in Queenstown? The Onsen Hot Pools offers the most fantastic spa day AND night with its mineral-infused waters, deluxe cedar-lined hot pools, and breathtaking alpine views! 
    If you’re looking for Queenstown must-dos, especially during the cooler months, we cannot recommend a visit to this relaxing retreat spa enough!

    What can I expect at Onsen Hot Pools?

    Enjoy a complimentary snack and refreshment as you rejuvenate. Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    Enjoy a complimentary snack and refreshment as you rejuvenate. Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    Just 10 minutes away from Queenstown, The Onsen Hot Pools are one of NZ’s rejuvenating hot pools that offers a perfect, tranquil respite away from the busy city. Upon arriving, prepare to have your breath taken away by spectacular nature views of Shotover River and the surrounding mountain range by their reception area and outdoor sundeck! Here, you can also choose and enjoy a complimentary snack and refreshment before proceeding with your soak.
    With Klook, you can book great Onsen Hot Pools deals depending on which package suits you best. 

    Original Onsen Soak

    Original Onsen Soak

    Garden Outdoor Soak

    Garden Outdoor Soak

    Time

    Daytime

    Evening

    Daytime

    Evening

    Package Type

    A one-hour soak in an indoor hot pool that comes with a retractable roof

    A one-hour soak in an indoor hot pool that comes with a retractable roof and lantern lights

    A one-hour soak in an outdoor pool with a shade sail and partial plant separator

    A one-hour soak in an outdoor pool with a shade sail, partial plant separator, and lantern lights

    Schedule

    09:00-12:00

    13:00-16:00

    17:00-19:00

    20:00-22:00

    09:00-12:00

    13:00-16:00

    17:00-19:00

    20:00-22:00

    Shuttle bus service?

    Can be booked with a shuttle service

    Price

    $83.30

    $142.49

    $83.30

    $142.49

    Inclusive of

    Snacks and refreshments (plus transportation if booked with shuttle service)

    24-hour booking confirmation and free cancellation within 24 hours notice

    Perfect for

    More intimate weekend R&R

    Romantic evening nights

    Sightseeing and weekend escapades

    Date nights under the stars

    Sip on fine wine as you soak at one of Onsen Hot Pools’ deluxe hot tubs! Image credits: @amblackwood from @onsenhotpools
    Sip on fine wine as you soak at one of Onsen Hot Pools’ deluxe hot tubs! Image credits: @amblackwood from @onsenhotpools
    The Original Onsen experience lets you enjoy a Japanese bathing tradition with a kiwi twist. Enjoy a 60-minute warm soak inside one of its 14 cedar-lined hot tubs that can accommodate up to four people! While the Original Onsen is indoors, the pool rooms have a retractable roof, so you can switch up to an outdoor experience at the push of a button! 
    Front row seats to this majestic view! Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    Front row seats to this majestic view! Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    On the other hand, the Garden Outdoor Soak experience offers a much closer nature immersion. Breathe in the fresh air surrounded by nothing but endless greenery and awe-inspiring views of panoramic mountains and the Shotover River!
    Both soak experiences are entirely for exclusive use, and you’ll have the pool room all to yourself. All of its hot tubs use pure water from surrounding mountains and are heated to 38.5 degrees Celsius, the optimal temperature for the best R&R experience! 

    Onsen Hot Pools at Night - Should You Book It?

    Bid goodbye to a long day with this Onsen Hot Pools experience. Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    Bid goodbye to a long day with this Onsen Hot Pools experience. Image credits: @onsenhotpools
    Want to make this rejuvenating experience more memorable? Book Onsen Hot Pools at night, and you’re in for a romantic and intimate treat! A refreshing dip under the stars awaits when you try out their onsens by lantern lights.
    Let the fatigue melt away at Onsen Hot Pools. Image credits: @thedoctorwanders
    Let the fatigue melt away at Onsen Hot Pools. Image credits: @thedoctorwanders
    While daytime views are stunning, nights at Onsen Hot Pools are a whole different experience. To fully enjoy the Onsen Hot Pools experience at night, we suggest you head over at sunset. You can witness the sky transform into a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours as the sun disappears into the horizon. 
    Gaze under the stars during your soak. Image credits: @the_curious_kiwi from @onsenhotpools
    Gaze under the stars during your soak. Image credits: @the_curious_kiwi from @onsenhotpools
    Evening bookings are upgraded and illuminated with Japanese lantern lights and candles. While alpine views are traded for a magical night sky filled with twinkling stars - perfect for couples out on a romantic date! 
    As the night grows deeper, get lost in the stars as you experience the perfect contrast of the cool mountain breeze and the warm onsen water. There is no doubt that Onsen Hot Pools at night is a lovely way to cap off your tiring day!

    How do you get there?

    It’s only a short 10-minute scenic drive to get to Onsen Hot Pools from Queenstown (13, if you’re coming from Arrowtown!). 
    If you don’t want to self-drive, a shuttle bus service is available from Queenstown at Bus Stop D, corner of Camp St. and Shotover St. The bus departs every 30 minutes past the hour, and the last shuttle departs from Onsen Hot Pools by 11:15 pm. 

    What do I need to bring?

    You may bring your own swimsuit, or rent one from the reception. Towels are also included for all experiences, so there’s no need to pack anything for your visit to Onsen Hot Pools.
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