If you're maxxed out from all that sightseeing (well let's face it, being a tourist ain't always easy!), you might fancy winding down in the pools at Ocean Spa.
You'll find Ocean Spa just a stone's throw from the Visitor Centre on Marine Parade, and while you soak in the pools, you can watch the waves breaking on the black sand beach next to you.
There are outdoor and indoor spas, as well as a large hot pool, a heated 25 metre lap pool and leisure pools. A sauna and steam room is also available, so there's plenty to keep you entertained for some serious chill-out time.
Just kick back, relax and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the heated salt chlorinated pools. Soak away your cares and re-energise your mind and body in the outdoor spas.
Or if you want a bit more of a work-out, check out the spa's Ocean Gym, which has a full range of modern exercise equipment.
Then after you're done relaxing, unwinding or sweating it out in the gym, grab some refreshments at the Soak Cafe and Restaurant, and you'll be on your way....refreshed and revitalised. And there's certainly not many places where you can find warm soothing waters, bubbles, coffee, wine and sea views, all in the same place. Ah bliss!
Ocean Spa can be found at 42 Marine Parade, Napier.
It is open from Monday to Saturday from 6am until 10pm and Sunday from 8am until 10pm.
General admission is $8 for adults.
Massage and body treatments are offered if you want a full-on pampering experience.
Steam room, sauna and sunbed are also available. Private spas can be booked as well.
Ocean Spa opened on February 1, 2003 on the site of the original Hot Sea Baths built in the early 1900's on Napier's Marine Parade.
Rachel Pinder stayed at Napier YHA, which can be found on the beachfront on Marine Parade, close to all Napier's seaside attractions, including the National Aquarium, Marineland, Ocean Spa, mini golf and museum. The hostel has spacious twin/double/shared and single rooms and a sunny cobbled courtyard (with a BBQ) for chilling out. There are a range of excellent facilities, including a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious TV/video lounge, laundry, storage and internet facilities. For more details, or to make a booking, contact manager Bob Stansbury on 06 835 7039 or visit www.yha.co.nz