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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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  • Maori Cultural Attractions

    Backyard Tours

    Nau mai Hāere mai - Greetings and Welcome. Backyard Tours transport services customers to and from having fun in the snow at Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski fields and hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Ask us if booking groups or other need of transport.

    $30 - $50 Book now
  • Walking & hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one-day alpine hikes in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ – a must do in this area.

  • Climbing

    Premium Tongariro Crossing Guided Walk From Taupo

    Our guides are personable, qualified and ready to guide you on one of New Zealand’s best 1-day walks. Adrift provides instruction, transport, equipment and gear hire. We guide every day and guarantee trip departures with wind, rain, snow and shine.

    $545 Book now
  • Hot pools

    Otumuheke Stream

    Warm geothermal waters from Otumuheke Stream flow gently into the Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park, providing a hot spot where bathers can relax in healing mineral water.

  • Adventure Travel

    Wairakei Tourist Park

    Wairakei Tourist Park is riverside and rural, thermal and thoughtful with something for adrenaline junkies, quiet plodders and most things in between.

  • 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
  • Boat cruises

    Sail Barbary - eco sailing Lake Taupo

    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise with Sail Barbary. Enjoy stunning views as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Book and enjoy a must-do experience on New Zealand's only commercial electric sail boat.

    $49 - $59 Book now
  • Museums

    Volcanic Activity Centre

    Turangi’s Volcanic Activity Centre is a hands-on interactive educational tourist visitor attraction that makes understanding the earths volcanic forces easy and fun through a wide range of informative visual, electronic and interactive displays.

    $10 - $12
  • Land Activities

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Join us on one of NZ Great Walks Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Which is rich in cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery . 19.4 Kilometers allow approx 7-8 hours in Summer, 8-9 hours in Winter. Small groups up to 8 people.

    $350 - $475 Book now
  • Attractions

    Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Guided Walk From Taupo

    Our guides are personable, qualified and ready to guide you to the top of Mt Ruapehu, the largest of the three volcanoes in Tongariro National Park. This is a great hike and does require a good level of fitness.

    $585 Book now

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