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Geothermal attractions in Taupo

The power and mystery of the earth’s inner workings burst into life in the strange and wonderful landscapes of Taupo's geothermal areas.

As part of the Taupo volcanic zone that stretches from Tongariro National Park in the south to Whakaari (White Island) north of the Bay of Plenty, Taupo showcases an unusual range of geothermal activity.

Steam pouring from unexpected vents in the earth or drifting across bush-clad hills, rainbow-coloured silica terraces and turquoise mineral lakes, boiling mud pools that bubble and plop, and regenerative natural hot springs are just a few of the surprising, spectacular and satisfying ways that the heat of Taupo’s vast underground lake of magma can be seen and experienced above ground in the region.

And there are few better ways to experience Taupo's energy than soaking in it's warm healing geothermal hot springs or immersing yourself in steam clouds and the mesmerising sound of bubbling mud pools as you meander through otherworldly walkways.

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  • Hot pools

    Otumuheke Stream

    Unwind following a day full of adventures by taking a dip in the thermally-heated Otumuheke Stream's mineral-laden waters while watching New Zealand's longest river flow by.

  • Geothermal

    Taharepa Baths

    Dip your toes in an area of natural geothermal activity at Taharepa Reserve or dig in the sand to create small hot pools.

  • Geothermal

    Spa Thermal Park

    Spa Thermal Park is home of the famous Otumuheke Stream hot pools. From here, you can also explore the Huka scenic walking trails and the Rotary Ride mountain bike trail.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Tours

    Kayaking through geothermal features along the Waikato River, bathing under a hot springs waterfall or wandering through Orakei Korako Geothermal Park is without a doubt one of the best ways to experience the geothermal wonders of NZ.

    $60 - $270 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Craters of the Moon Taupō Geothermal Walk

    Craters of the Moon Taupō New Zealand is a geothermal walkway with Lunar Landscapes - Hence its name. Craters of the Moon showcase the natural thermal activity of Taupo including bubbling craters, steam vents and colourful soils. 45+ minutes walk.

    $10
  • Walking & hiking

    Half Day Tongariro Alpine Guided Group Walk meet at Adrift Tongariro Base

    If you are unable to spend the whole day walking, join us on a half day tour, perfect for families and travellers of all ages and fitness levels. Start on the Tongariro Crossing track and walk amongst the volcanoes to the Soda Springs Waterfall.

    $315 Book now
  • Geothermal walks

    Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls walk

    Combine two unmissable Taupō destinations on a leisurely stroll alongside the Waikato River, connecting the thermal waters of Otumuheke Stream and the thundering Huka Falls.

  • Hot pools & health spas

    Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa - Guided Tour and Maori Experience

    Silcia terraces, thermal bathing pools, massage therapy, Maori cultural experiences, geothermal tours.

    $15
  • Walking & hiking

    2 Hour Pre Sunset Guided Group Walk Meet at Adrift Tongariro Base

    One of Tongariro National Park’s best short walks. Adrift provides professional guides and instruction, transport, equipment and gear hire. We guide every day and guarantee trip departures with wind rain snow and even shine.

    $175 Book now
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