Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo

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#6 of 11 in Parks in Taupo
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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. Make Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley part of your personalized Taupo itinerary using our Taupo travel itinerary planner.
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  • After a freezing day walking and on a boat trip, we needed to warm up. The thermal pool did the trick. Set in lovely scenery with the billowing clouds of steam from the geyser for company, we felt lik...  more »
  • This was awesome only a few minutes to walk around the area , need more things to do on the maori village side  more »
  • Fascinating place. The guy in charge is a bit of a card but very knowledgable about the place. Doesn't look very promising at first but as you go into the valley you come across interesting geothermal...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Nice campground with many trees for shadow incl. small animal farm. Rather quite ground away from tourist rush at sea side. Clean toilettes and warm shower, all you need!
  • A nice small campsite with some animals about. There is also a very pretty and quiet walk through the trees that starts from inside the tearooms. See up close the geothermal steam rising up out of the ground.

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Where to stay in Taupo

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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