Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Taupo

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#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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  • By Yellowstone National Park standards this is a very limited area of thermal activity. However it's worth a visit as the history of the area and the views are good. It's a nice hike as well.  more »
  • An experience like no other. Take your camera!! Fantastic colours and smells to be had. Need good strong shoes.  more »
  • A surprise fun activities we found here. We were just done huka falls view and thinking to explore Crater of Moon, but it closed by 5pm. Thus we drove about and saw this place, which have nice farm an...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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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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