Discover The

Waiho Hot Tub Experience

Franz Josef Glacier

Now taking reservations from 10.30am to 9pm daily

Relax and unwind in the soothing comfort of fresh, warm water and aromatic wood smoke.

Enjoy your own private tubs, nestled in a lush rainforest setting on New Zealand’s West Coast.

Our wood-fired hot tubs combine the soothing comfort of warm water with the unique atmosphere of wood smoke to give you an unforgettable experience.


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"An absolute bliss experience."

- Dayna

"A really magical place."

- Adriaan

"10/10 experience."

- Hannah

What our happy customers say.

Sylv N
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Beautiful relaxing hot tubs amidst the rainforest setting - nice and quiet, and the wood-fired hot tub produces a very pleasant scent. Recommend for unwinding during the end of the day! We brought our own drinks (wine) to enjoy and chill as well. The tub would fit 4 adults comfortably - its just cosy of course with a couple 🙂
Samruddhi Ankolekar
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Absolutely mind-blown!!!! Beautiful location, the walk ways between the tubs are picturesque & the tub experience itself is something we will take away with us as one of a kind! A really magical place to be. Enjoyed every moment from the friendly arrival till departure. We will most certainly visit again and will recommend this experience.
G Wong
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The whole experience from start to end was amazing. The staff was very friendly and explained everything to us in detailed. The wood fire hot water felt great and really relaxes our body. A must try when you are Franz Joseph.
Lorraine Mannington Guerin
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A fantastic and relaxing experience in an amazing part of the country, we loved our blissful hour at Waiho Hot Tubs during our West Coast trip. Easy to book online, lovely welcome and great facilities. Will be back.
Stacey Wood
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What an absolutely magical place. We totally nailed the day and got rain which was super cool. The native bush surrounding the hot tubs was simply stunning. Was a highlight of our trip. Totally recommend for a lovely evening wind down ☺️
Johannes Meyer
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Marvelous! Beautiful setting for the hot tubs between the ferns. We felt also very private and the whole experience was just beautiful and relaxing.
Dayna Breading-Hesse
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An absolute bliss experience. Would highly recommend and come back again ourselves. Temperature was perfect, the owner was super lovely and polite. We were made to feel welcome and at home. Couldn’t have asked for a better time and such a good soak! Beautiful scenery whenever you walk, very well set up.
Tony Cooper
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It's a must do, A great place to relax in the hot tubs after a day of hiking and doing it in the evening just gives that atmosphere of being out in the bush.
Limited Time Offer

Couples Soak, Stay & Dine Deal

From $229 for two adults.

Deal includes:

Limited Time Offer

Family Soak, Stay & Dine Deal

From $390 for two adults & two children.

Deal includes:


Our Story

The Waiho River, which loosely translates as ‘smoky waters’, flows from Franz Josef Glacier to the Tasman Sea.

Legend has it that the river was formed from the tears of Hinehukatere, frozen in a glacier. In ancient times she was mountain-climbing with her beloved, Wawe, and witnessed him fall to his death. To this day, the Māori name for Franz Josef Glacier is Kā Roimata-a-Hinehukatere, or the tears of Hinehukatere.

We created Waiho Hot Tubs to give you an unforgettable experience of the West Coast. One that connects you to the incredible landscape and its people.


Gift Vouchers

Share the gift of a Waiho Hot Tub Experience with someone special.

We have two options for your special person. Treat them to a relaxing hot tub experience or add on a nights accommodation at the Bella Vista Motel. Buying a voucher is easy, you will receive the PDF voucher by e-mail to send it directly to your lucky recipients. You can even include a personal message on the voucher. Waiho Hot Tub gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date they are issued.

Where we are

At the heart of Franz Josef village, nestled in a lush rainforest setting on the wild West Coast of New Zealand.

This is the heart of Glacier Country. Find us at the north end of Cron Street, Opposite the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre.

Come and experience this beautiful natural wilderness today.