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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 & health spas

    Turtle Pools - Turangi

    Turtle Pools is located in the centre of Tūrangi and offers entertainment for all ages. A fully enclosed swimming pool facility with an air temperature of 24 degrees and is Poolsafe accredited.

    $5.50
  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    Huka River Trail Guided Geothermal E-bike Tour

    Enjoy a scenic e-bike tour and learn about our breathtaking Huka Falls, the mighty crystal clear Waikato River, Aratiatia Dam & Rapids. Finish with a ride past an incredible geothermal stream in Wairakei. (previous MTB experience is good).

    $299 - $399 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Mt Ruapehu Summit Plateau Guided Group Hike From Taupo

    Our guides are personable, qualified and ready to guide you on one of New Zealand’s best 1-day walk. Adrift provides instruction, transport, equipment and gear hire. This is a great hike and does require a good level of fitness.

    $825 Book now
  • Hot pools

    Tokaanu Thermal Pools

    Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters of Tokaanu Thermal Pools.

    $8 - $14
  • Hot pools & health spas

    Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs

    Unique hot pools with outdoor and indoor pools, two amazing heated racing slides, children's interactive warm water playground, private pools and spa treatments.

    $19 - $24
  • Biking trails

    Wairakei Thermal Loop

    An eighteen-kilometer loop joins together some of the favorite bike trails near the Wairakei Tourist Park, from Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam as well as the Wairakei Resort Track. Ride through a geothermal wonderland in the Taupo region.

  • Geothermal walks

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

    See steaming hot mineral pools and spluttering mud pools on this short, easy walk.

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