Welcome to Maruia Hot Springs
Pure New Zealand in the Southern Alps
In the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps is the natural relaxation escape of Maruia Hot Springs. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains on the banks of the Maruia River, the springs are set in a sheltered scenic valley.
Two and a half hour's drive West of Christchurch, an hour from Hanmer Springs, on the beautiful Lewis Pass (864 m) the largest flow rate natural hot springs in the South Island rise to the surface from deep underground at 54C and into the pools and private baths at Maruia Hot Springs.
This Pure New Zealand thermal bathing experience, set in a spectacular beech forest mountain environment, offers visitors a variety of bathing experiences. The indoor Bathhouse pool captures sweeping views over the Maruia river, grasslands and surrounding mountains. Outside there are thermal pools made from local riverstone, a massaging thermal water shower and a cold plunge pool. The natural tranquil surroundings provide a special place to escape, rejuvenate and heal in the mineral-rich thermal pools
After all the blissful bathing relaxation plan to stay overnight in one of the 20 rooms of on-site 3-3.5 star accommodation all with en-suites and sitting lounge areas. There are three styles of accommodation including the Mountain View, Garden View or Japanese rooms. In keeping with the tranquil isolation there is no phone, TV or WiFi in the rooms.
Our dining options include a restaurant offering modern New Zealand cuisine and also a more casual cafe, providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks 7 days a week. The café has wireless internet available via satellite.
In Māori language Maruia means sheltered or shady which is indicative of its location deep in a mountainous valley.
In addition to the bathing, food and relaxing accommodation at Maruia Hot Springs the region offers spectacular short and long walking trails, horse riding, trout fishing and rafting on the Maruia river as well as many mountain and road biking trails.
The Lewis pass was traditionally a trading route for Maori traders in pou amu (jade or greenstone). The first European to cross the pass was surveyor Henry Lewis in the early 1860’s. A road was completed in 1938 for use by travellers and freight transport from Canterbury to the West coast and Nelson. See the chronological history of Maruia Hot Springs on the ‘Our story so far’ page.
Day visit bathing opening hours: 8am- 9pm, 7 days a week.
Reception is open from 8am daily.