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More Than A Swim In Hot Water

Alan Hopping had a dream, which after 17 years is now alive. For years camping ground owner Alan Hopping was fascinated by the thermal possibilities of The Coromandel. He listened to anecdotes from Whitianga locals about hot springs lost and forgotten. Captivated by the stories and charged by the potential, Alan decided to take a chance.

In 1989 Alan and his team drilled down 500 meters. But this first well failed due to a major electrical fault. Undaunted, Alan continued to design and build the pool complex that would someday be fed by the warm waters beneath him.

In 2001, Alan commenced his second drilling operation and again pierced the cap rock to find his hot water. But as the engineers extracted the gear from this second well, the drilling equipment dropped down the shaft and could not be retrieved. This well too had to be abandoned.

Finally, in 2006, 17 years after first striking hot water, Alan successfully drilled and capped this third well and now the dream of creating a Coromandel thermal attraction and first class health spa is alive.

The Lost Spring is a unique thermal hot water and spa experience located in Whitianga on The Coromandel. With its sculpted pools, soothing waterfalls, and smoking volcano, The Lost Spring offers more than simply a swim in hot water.

Find out more about The Lost Spring here.

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