Ginn's Nghawha Spa
9 June 12
Last year, we visited Nghawha Hot Springs and enjoyed a soak in the hot pools within a rustic environment. This year, we decided to visit Ginn’s Ngawha Spa, which is just up the road and is marginally more upmarket than its rival establishment. (Hint: When reading “Ngawha”, pronounce it “Naa-faa”.)
During the whole time we’re at the pools, we never see any officials. We pay by dropping money into an honesty box — $5/adult, $3/child is such a paltry sum, who would cheat on that? The lack of officialdom suits us — we’re free to come and go as much as we like.
I had heard optimistic rumours of hot showers at Ginn’s Ngawha Spa, but when I checked the bathrooms, the handles were removed from the hot-water taps. Our girls didn’t mind the sulphurous smell that they emanated after the being in the pools for several hours and skipped showering altogether.
We really enjoyed this outing together as a family. Aisha and Brioni would have stayed in for several more hours, and it was only their empty tummies that eventually drove to them exit the pools.
When we’re in the area, we’ll definitely go again, though if I had to choose, I probably would return to the even simpler Ngawha Springs establishment up the road. Slightly cheaper, there are more pools to choose from, and we enjoyed friendly encounters with the bathers there.