Geothermal attractions

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

As part of the Taupō Volcanic Zone that stretches from Tongariro National Park in the south to Whakaari (White Island) north of the Bay of Plenty, Taupō 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 Taupō’s vast underground lake of magma can be seen and experienced above ground in the region.

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

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  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze) Trip

    Wander through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako exploring gushing geysers, hot springs & bubbling mud pools. Kayak down the Waikato River, maneuver through ‘The Squeeze’ & emerge at a warm waterfall. End the day with a hot cuppa at Orakei Korako.

    $235
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Craters of The Moon Geothermal Walk

    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.

    $8
  • 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
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    AC Baths Hot Pools Taupo

    AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community.

    $3 - $7
  • Walking & Hiking

    Ultimate North - Hiking New Zealand - 7 days

    This kiwi style hiking trip is for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island can offer.

    $2,200
  • Weddings

    Lakeview Helicopters

    View the Mighty Huka Falls from above! Lakeview Helicopters' experienced pilots will Guide you across Lake Taupo's best scenic attractions and over the Tongariro World Heritage Park.

    $99 - $699
  • Geothermal

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

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

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures The Squeeze Trip

    Kayak down the Waikato River past the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park where you can see gushing geysers, silica terraces and boiling mud pools from your kayak.

    $210
  • Boat Cruises

    Go Explore NZ

    At Go Explore NZ, we offer a variety of adventure tours that will give you a personal and luxurious experience of the Central North Island.

    $295 - $355
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    3 day Tongariro Hiking Tour

    Guided hiking tours of Tongariro National Park, including the Tongariro Crossing & Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake. Experienced local guides, spectacular volcanic scenery & great lodgings - an unforgettable walking holiday!

    $1,590
  • Hot pools

    Tokaanu Thermal Pools

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Kayak & Geothermal Adventure

    This trip is perfect for those wanting to experience the geothermal wonders of New Zealand up close by starting with a kayak adventure along the Waikato River down toward the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park.

    $200 - $240
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

    Orakei Korako 'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes… “ Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand"

    $39
  • Scenic Flights

    Inflite Charters Taupo

    INFLITE Helicopters can transport you in comfort and style to everything that Taupo and the Central North Island has on offer. Experience the raw & natural beauty of Great Lake Taupo and its surrounds. Nothing beats an aerial view of this region.

    $99 - $695
  • Urban and Scenic Attractions

    Sweet North - New Zealand Trails

    New Zealand’s cultural heart is in the North Island, where the Maori culture is rich and ever-present, and the bulk of our people live. Discover bubbling thermal wonderlands, impressive forests and stunning lakes on this 5-day adventure.

    $3,699
  • Heritage Attractions

    Geothermal Segway Safari

    Off-road Thermal Safari. 1.5hrs - 2hrs. Off-road segway Training and trails followed by a historic and geothermal journey through Wairakei Resort & neighbouring forest.

    $125
  • Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools

    Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

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

    $15
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