This is your Guide to Relaxing in the Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown
So many flock to Queenstown to get that adrenaline rush they always wanted… I was one of those people. I read that the bungee jump was developed in this quaint little New Zealand town; I psyched myself up reading all the pamphlets of all those crazy things every visitor must do, and afterward, got very excited at the possibility of doing some of these absolutely crazy things. It was the city to do this right? And if I played it safe, would I look like a complete wimp for a Queenstown explorer? Believe it or not, Queenstown is not only the perfect destination for all things adventurous, but it is also the kingdom of original experiences that are different from anything you ever imagined. Like the Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown for instance. Yes. Hot pools. A polar opposite to the death-defying activities surrounding you here, these pools bring a touch of tranquil elegance to travellers amidst the gorgeous Queenstown Mountains, making them a bucket list must.
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My beautiful country-folk back in Canada, as promised, I am continuing to showcase why you all must hop on that plane and head to the other side of the world and experience Queenstown in my second bucket list series installment.
I have whet your adventurous appetite with my Ziplining feature at Ziptrek Ecotours, and am now slowing it down by showing you just how you can rest those sore muscles, ease your jet lag from the lengthy trip, and relax in a cliffside paradise as you take in the magnificence of scenic Queenstown in all its glory.
A spa featuring a handful of private Japanese Onsen pools Queenstown overlooking the famously gorgeous Shotover Canyon, brings the opportunity to travellers to unwind in a town that screams long days of adrenaline-pumping activities, sightseeing, and gastronomic indulgences. Located just 15 minutes outside of Queenstown, The Onsen Hot Pools fuse panoramic views with a cuppa tranquility.
What to Expect at the Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown
Pool packages must be scheduled in advance. Give the team a call and they should be able to advise on their availability and current package deals. If you do not have your own transportation, free shuttles are available. Ensure you request this during your booking. Should you opt for the shuttle, it picks up guests strictly 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment. Do not be late!
Upon arrival, prepare to walk down a lengthy path equivalent to four flights of stairs. After your soak, you will be rejuvenated, but may be quite relaxed- just keep this in mind when you are leaving the facility. The views as you approach the building are magnificent, and should you book a daytime session, you just may catch a glimpse of a Jetboat blazing through.
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The reception is welcoming and beautiful. The cozy couches and chairs, complete with magazines, candles, and free WIFI, set the mood prior to and after your spa. Staff busily take your drink and snack orders as they roll fresh towels and infuse smells of zen throughout the air. During they day the sundeck is an additional option for enjoying a cup of tea and snack before your departure.
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Once your pool is ready, the girls will escort you to your room. If you have booked the sunset experience, lanterns will adorn the pool’s walls as you enter, giving it that extra sprinkle of magic. Your room comes equipped with a shower and change room facility. If you wish to change outside the pool room (if you are enjoying the experience with friends for example) beautifully serviced change rooms are available down the hall.
The pictures do not do these pools justice. The location within the canyon will take your breath away. One feature that I truly love about this facility is the garage door that opens to showcase the incredible view. You are in control of your experience. You open the door, you adjust the water temperature (note! The cold water comes from a hose above! I warn you here so you don’t get a cold shower like some uninformed bathers :)), you start the jets. You have the power to make your experience the best it can be.
I loved that the garage door revealed the true beauty of the Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown experience. It was like a surprise waiting for guests on the other side of the door. I have never seen anything like this, making it one of my Queenstown Bucket List recommendations.
Let the stress wash away as you close your eyes and allow the beautifully fresh waters soften your skin. What I also love about these pools is the water quality. My husband is not able to enjoy many spas due to the chemical and/or sulfur content in the water levels. He was able to enjoy this experience as the pools are filled with quality waters monitored by the facility.
For them to maintain the quality of the water and ensure chemical levels remain low, they push the water flow through high intensity ultraviolet rays which in turn, eliminates the necessity for chlorine and other harmful substances. Bromine is sometimes added if necessary, but only in tiny quantities.
The pools remain fresh for all bathers as the water is replaced 24/7. Pools are also refreshed and heated continuously to ensure balance and environmental safety.
Once your hour is complete, the staff will ring the bell outside your door. At this point, showers and dressing are required. If you had booked the shuttle, they will return you promptly back to Queenstown for you to begin bragging to your friends about your ultimate hot pool experience!
I would highly recommend the Onsen Hot Pools to be included in any trip to Queenstown. It is an opportunity to slow down the pace and actually take in the beauty and magic of this little piece of glorious New Zealand. Queenstown is indeed the perfect backdrop for all those crazy sporty-type nomads who are craving death-defying experiences; but even these adventurous folk need quiet time now and then to reflect and unwind. This my fellow Canadians and fellow travellers is that place to absorb the peace and beauty your body and mind truly need as you psyche yourself up for your upcoming bungee jump.
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