If you're in need of a revitalising boost, you really should check out the Fernland Spa thermal mineral springs, just five minutes drive from central Tauranga.
Relax in pure sparkling soda water in one of eight private pools or the main pool, and soak your cares away amongst the ferns which spring up all around in a spectacular natural setting with 2.5 hectares of towering native bush as the backdrop.
The beautiful secluded valley also has large picnic areas, and this is a great place to come with a campervan, as you can park up here for the night and enjoy an early morning or late night soak before bed...mmm bliss!
The 100 percent natural crystal clear odourless water is drawn from about 250 metres underground, which is pretty amazing. The water contains traces of seven beneficial minerals and is constantly changing.
All pools are drained, cleaned and refilled daily. Temperatures range from 37.5 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius, and can be varied to suit weather conditions. So if you need some chill-out time, definitely head down to Fernland Spa, where you will leave feeling like you're floating on a cloud!
Fernland Spa can be found at 250 Cambridge Road in Tauranga. If you don't have transport, it is right on a regular bus route and is easy to get to from the city centre.
It is open seven days from 9am until 10pm.
Admission is $6 to get into the main pool, $10 for a private pool and $12 for a bubbly pool.
Barbecues are available for hire and campervans are welcome. It costs $25 per night per van (includes two people). It is $8 for each extra person. This includes free access to the main pool during the hours of 9am until 10pm.
Therapeutic massage is also on offer if you want to really treat yourself. Prices start at $40 for half an hour.
Drinks, snacks and ice creams are available if you get the munchies after your soak.
Fernland Spa was established in 1968, and water has been bottled since 1972.
Rachel stayed at Harbourside City Backpackers at 105 The Strand, Tauranga. This centrally located backpackers is right on the waterfront, with stunning views of the harbour, fantastic communal facilities, internet cafe, and free bikes. Sarah and the team at Harbourside will also help you find a job picking or packing kiwifruit from April to September if you're up for it. For more information and to make a booking call 07 579 4066. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.backpacktauranga.co.nz