The pools are located in a peaceful rural setting, around 20 minutes drive from downtown Tauranga. The public pool was designed with a gently sloping ramp to provide easy access for all ages, and is filled from an underground stream. The cold water is heated with a thermal bore to about 38˚C (it’s turned down in summer).
There are also four private ‘jet pools’ heated to about 40 degrees which can each comfortably seat six people. The backdrop to the public pool is sub-tropical, and the cafe (home baking – everything from omelettes to burgers and snacks) has doors that open out onto a grassy grove circled by banana palms, perfect for a summer barbecue.
Open Wed to Fri 10am—10pm, Sat & Sun 10am—10pm. Directions: head up Oropi Road from State Highway 29, and turn left into Warner Road. Contact: 543 3913, www.oropicomplex.co.nz