Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, Taupo

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Unwind and forget the stress of traveling at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, a lush park filled with thermal pools ranging from warm to hot temperatures. Kids will enjoy running around the extensive area, which provides a completely natural setting. Since the pools are natural, consider wearing sandals or water shoes to avoid stepping on sharp rocks. There are no onsite facilities, so remember to bring your own drinking water. Also, keep your valuables close and lock your cars, as theft is somewhat common at this attraction. Use our Taupo vacation generator to arrange your visit to Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve and other attractions in Taupo.
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  • Hot water (it is as hot as a hot bath) comes down the stream, steaming in the air, to little pools where you can climb in and enjoy it. Quite a few tourists and locals alike there. Popular with teenag...  more »
  • Natural hot springs in the middle of a public park! Pack a clothes of change of and a towel, and off we go! Really a cool experience and completely free!
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  • Stumbled upon the Spa Thermal Park and wished we had known earlier. Take your bathers and a towel. Tip, on the walk back to the Carpark, follow the stream.  more »

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As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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