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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.
Gain the skills before following our experienced guide off into the forest. Enjoy rolling trails and a peak at some geothermal activity on NZ's 1st and only E Venture Park. 1 - 1.5hrs
Craters of the Moon 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.
This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water. Get right up close to this culturally significant 46 foot (14m) high rock art. Enjoy amusing and current commentary on Lake Taupo, the volcanoes and the carvings.
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.
AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community.
Unique thermal mineral hot pools with a thrilling dragon hydro slide & two amazing heated curved racing slides, children's interactive warm water playground, private pools and spa treatments.
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.
We guide on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and on the other Tongariro National Park hikes year round. Adrift provides professional guides and instruction, transport and equipment for a 2 hour duration guided walk right up to a 3 day multi-day tour.
Maximise your travel day to or from Tongariro National Park. 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.