Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo

3.5
#6 of 7 in Nature in Taupo
Relax in ancient baths as native birds flit overhead at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, a natural thermal spa that allows you to indulge in the outdoors. Take a dip in healing waters, reputed to have smoothing effects on the skin. Test out multiple thermal pools throughout the site while watching for local wildlife, including regional bird species. Top off your visit with a homemade baked good and Devonshire tea at the onsite cafe. If you're inspired to stay longer, check out the tranquil campsite. To visit Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley on your holiday in Taupo, and find out what else Taupo has to offer, use our Taupo trip planning website .
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  • October 11, 2017
    In my opinion these are the best hot pools in Taupo. They have a selection of three pools of varying temperatures, with plenty of room even when it looks busy (ie of the car park is full). No kids und...  more »
  • October 10, 2017
    Stumbled upon this by accident but it was well worth it. The staff there are really lovely, I even got to hold a 7 day old baby rabbit :). I liked all the farm animals they had there and the laid back...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    The 2 peacocks outside put a really good show on, and white fluffy dog outside was friendliest to great us. The guy on the till (owner?) couldn't help himself having an immature joke on our expense, t...  more »
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  • August 12, 2017
    PLUS: Hidden gem, and that's coming from one who rarely stays in campgrounds. Lots of pet critters wandering around. Up a gravel road near the Wairakei power station, so no traffic noise. MINUS: 17 bucks for one person on a non-powered site is one of the reasons I don't stay in these places.
  • May 28, 2017
    Wasn't that impressed to be honest. Nice friendly owner and cool device that you get to measure the temperature of the ground but it was a bit pricey for what it was. There was hardly any geothermal activity so basically you're paying ten dollars for a bush walk with a bit of steam. Pretty bush walk though. It had been raining and the paths were very much in need of an upgrade, ended up getting soaked shoes & mud all over our trousers. I think $5 would be worth it.
  • July 1, 2017
    Drove all the way up the road to find out that it would cost us $10 each! Pretty strange and over familiar owner. Another kiwi example of a natural landscape feature that should be freely accessible.
  • April 21, 2017
    This hidden Thermal Park would be spectacular if the Geothermal Power Station hadn't drawn so much steam off that the thermal parks geysers all ceased. Activity is still present and you can see and feel the steam funneling up through the vents while the water boils away below at 100deg F. Run by the family owners this park has numerous attractions for tourist and locals alike. Children love the animals from rabbits to peacocks & Lamas. But a great deal of time and effort is needed for an upgrade. Interestingly a grape vine has taken control of the lower end of the park and at this time of the year all the local Tuis are ha ing a feeding party!
  • March 5, 2017
    A little expensive for what is it. It was a nice walk of 30min with geothermal features along the way. The owner was really nice!

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