Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, 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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  • This guy has the best spot. It's all so natural and he has a plethora of farm animals that just walk free around the place. This was the toughest hike so far but it was well worth it!!!!!!!! Neat plac...  more »
  • We have just become locals and stumbled upon this place after making a wrong turn. I'm glad we did as this was a great place that embraced the best of the NZ feel... Just a no frills real deal relaxin...  more »
  • What an entrance to the car park. Alpacas, hens, chickens, peacock ...... lamb. A beautiful start to a rewarding experience. The man at the counter was so friendly and helpful. He noticed that I was h...  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.