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Popular hot springs upgraded

The revamped Mangatainoka hot pools.

The Mangatainoka Hot Springs of Kaweka Forest Park have received a modern makeover.

The popular natural hot springs, reached via the Te Puia Hut track, were closed for renovations in late 2020, but have reopened in time for summer soaks.

The previous facilities were nearing the end of their life and needed an upgrade, DOC Hawke’s Bay senior ranger Malcolm Lock said.

“The key changes are that it’s been moved slightly, has more capacity, better seating, and a better deck,” he said. “There are now three tubs instead of two, and the water can be turned on and off individually in the tubs.

“Most importantly for visitors – it has a better view down to the river,” Lock said.