Nothing caps off a whirlwind trip to En Zed like a little R&R and sparkling wine, soaking our weary bods at Queenstown’s Onsen Hot Pools. High on the cliffs over-looking the Shotover River canyon, these pools provide an expierence like no other.

At home in the mountains, you’ll find this Onsen in the midst of breathtaking alpine scenery, just off Arthurs Point Road. Passing through a light and airy reception area, you’re escorted through to your pool and beautifully appointed change rooms. Each of their pools are housed in private, cedar-lined bathing rooms complete with shower, change area and those unmissable views. The water is a mix of mountain spring water, rain water and lake water, with the temperature set according to the day. That being said, if you have a preferred temperature, the staff are more than happy to accommodate ahead of your visit so that it’s just right when you arrive! Should things get a little too steamy, you can add a dash of cold water with the touch of a button.

The retractable picture windows behind your pool convert your indoor space to one that invites the outdoors in, allowing you to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery that surrounds this quiet piece of paradise. As you take in the fresh mountain air, soaking in the warm, pure waters of your own private pool you’re transported to a state of serenity that these days, is hard to find.

Onsen Hot Pools offer even more for your experience, with special deals available, courtesy transport to and from the pools and a sun deck that offers one of the most impressive views in Queenstown (so expect to spend a little time before or after your dip to take it all in).

This visit was one of the highlights of our trip, and a fantastic way to draw it all to a close. Head to TripAdivsor and you’ll find nothing but rave reviews about this place and it’s unmatched location. I can personally vouch for the unique and very special experience this place and it’s staff provides and would love to go back again – next time booking a time to bath under the stars…


  • Onsen Hot Pools are just a short drive from the city centre of Queenstown. There is free parking available or you can book on of their courtesy shuttles to get you there and home again.
    160 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point

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