The Scenic Reserve and mineral pools at Mōrere Hot Springs are one of the “Must Do” activities while in the Wairoa District. Visitors can enjoy the hot and cold pools and the great wilderness on the network of walking tracks ranging from easy 10-minute native bushwalks to challenging two and three hour hikes.
The name Mōrere only came into existence during the late 1890s, the traditional name is ‘Ngā Waiariki o Ngāti Rakaipaaka’ (The Hot Springs of Ngāti Rakaipaaka), or more loosely ‘the healing waters’. There was a small lake close to Mōrere called Maukanui, which was well-known for its tuna (eels). Today there is evidence of this occupation with the discovery of storage pits and an old pā (fortified village) site. For many years, local Māori utilised the hot springs for cooking, but through legislation this practice was stopped. The current area became a thermal reserve in 1885.
The rainforest reserve is best known for its stands of Nikau Palms. High rainfall, a mild climate and fertile mudstone soils have created the environment for a notable area of rain forest. The reserve is home to a wide variety of indigenuous trees and birdlife including tui, bellbird, kereru and shining cuckoo.
There are two entrances to the reserve. Through the main entrance the pools and all the tracks can be accessed. The Ridge track can also be accessed via Tunanui Road, approximately 1km north of the Mōrere Hot Spring entrance.
Mon to Sun 10am - 6pm | Closed Christmas Day
State Highway 2, Morere
|Physical Address:||Cnr SH2 & Queen Street, Wairoa 4108|
|Postal Address:||PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay|
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|Weekends and public holidays||10:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|CLOSED Christmas Day|
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