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The region of Lake Taupo makes up part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and the Thermal Explorer Highway. This unique part of the world will grant you access to steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools and pumice. You will also be able to experience many of the relaxing and therapeutic thermally heated hot pools in this Taupo area.
These are our top ten Taupo geothermal and volcanic activities:
Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs
Experience the all natural thermal minerals for health and relaxation at DeBretts. These historic baths have been a top attraction of Taupo for more than 125 years. Set amongst stunning native bush, choose from 2 hot thermal outdoor pools, 12 private pools, fresh water pools, a children’s water playground with hydroslide, or enjoy a spa treatment at the Living Waters Spa.
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Lonely Planet considers Orakei Korako to be one of the best thermal areas left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world. Also, known as the Hidden Valley, Orakei Korako offers a wonderland of geysers, hot springs, mud pools, and some of the largest and most incredible silica terraces in the world.
Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
This geothermal park is one of New Zealand’s most colourful and natural volcanic environments. You will walk through its amazing features such as the world famous Champagne Pool, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. Make sure you arrive at Wai-o-Tapu early to experience the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
This volcanic valley with Lake Rotomahana combine to make the world’s youngest geothermal ecosystem. Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers easy walking and hiking in native bush and volcanic craters and a boat cruise on the lake. You can experience the world’s largest crypto geyser and on of the largest hot water springs.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Crossing is known as the best one-day trek in New Zealand, and often ranks among the top ten one-day treks in the world. The 19.4km journey will take you through unique volcanic landforms, including the peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu, as well as dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring natural scenery. A truly unforgettable experience.
Volcanic Activity Centre
Here you can learn about the wonders of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Experience a 6.3km earthquake in the earthquake simulator, solve Plate Tectonics puzzles, create a tornado, see how a geyser works, and a load more of fun activities. There is also a great shop on-site where you can purchase volcanic book, posters, gems, and rocks.
Wairakei Tourist Park
Another local geothermal wonderland that offers something for everyone, from the adrenalin junkie to those seeking a relaxing wander and everyone inbetween. Wairakei Tourist Park combines natural marvels such as Huka Falls and active geothermal areas, with adventure activities and dining options. Known as a mountain biking mecca, an adventure playground and a tranquil retreat all rolled into one.
Tokaanu Thermal Pools
You will find these thermal pools in the village of Tokaanu, situated on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. The Tokaanu natural thermal pools have been used by the local Ngati Tuwharetoa people for bathing, cooking and dyeing clothes for more than five centuries. The therapeutic mineral pools offer visitors the opportunity to relax, with private pools and an heated outdoor pool.
Cruise the Waikato River on the historical Riverboat Waireka. This unique experience includes a hot swim in the thermal waters of Lake Ohakuri, a stop off at the thermal wonderland of Orakei Korako, and then up river to Fletchers Reserve. Trips can be tailored to meet your needs, with guided fishing trips available.
New Zealand Riverjet
Ride with New Zealand River Jet to experience a scenic jet boat ride through stunning scenery, historic Maori landmarks, steaming cliffs and hot springs. The trip includes a stop at the geothermal park Orakei Korako. This is a fun, adrenalin pumping, way to experience some of the best volcanic activities Taupo has to offer.
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