The remote township of Miranda, New Zealand holds a special treat for anyone who would stop by. Situated along the scenic stretch of beach road in the north, the small town is better known for being home to a great number of migrating and local birds. But the geothermal activity underneath this area creates its hot springs that offer a wonderful way to spend the day.
Used by the indigenous population since pre-European times, the springs are now gathered into large pools that can be accessed with a reasonably priced ticket. Varying in size and depth to suit various age groups, the pools bubble away at a comfortable 36-38 degrees Celsius. The children’s pool is a bit cooler than the Olympic size adult pool. For a more private setting, try the Jacuzzi type saunas that are available; they are also much hotter at 42 degrees Celsius. Towels, lockers and pool toys can be rented as well. The experience is soothing and the atmosphere is relaxing, making it perfect for a day trip to unwind.
Once you have managed to convince yourself to get out of the warm comfort of the water, you are sure to be hungry. The extensive grounds around the springs are great for a picnic style meal, either homemade or brought from the conveniently located restaurant. The food is not fancy, but ice cream and burgers are ideal comfort food for the surroundings. Alternatively, you can cook you own meal at the BBQ slots that are coin operated and enjoy it on the picnic benches in the 2 acres of parkland.
Only about an hour’s drive from Auckland, and on the road to the beautiful Coromandel peninsula, Miranda is an easy detour from the South Pacific Highway and Seabird Coast. The scenic route itself is a great day trip for guests of any Auckland hotel. Located near the waterfront, Copthorne Hotel Auckland Harbour City gives guests easy access to the city’s shopping and cultural centres. This hotel Auckland CBD is only a few minutes away from all your business needs and the city’s busiest and most populous region provides plenty of entertainment for all travellers.