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Top Hot Springs in Taupo

By Viator, January 2018

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Stretching all the way from the Great Lake Taupo to Rotorua, the Taupo Volcanic Zone is one of New Zealand’s most famous volcanic regions. Here’s what to expect on a visit, from dramatic craters and bubbling mud pools to steaming geysers.

Orakei Korako
The Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park is one of the country’s largest and most impressive thermal parks, featuring a colorful landscape of fault-stepped silica terraces, hissing geysers, and naturally heated thermal pools. Adventurous travelers can even arrive by jet boat, zipping along the Waikato River through Tutukau Gorge.

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
A short drive northeast of Lake Taupo, the Wairakei Valley boasts a wealth of natural wonders, with popular attractions including the Craters of the Moon and Huka Falls. Don’t miss a visit to the Wairakei Terraces, where the silica terraces offer a dreamy backdrop for a dip in the steamy hot pools. 

Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
Located in Te Puia, just south of Rotorua, the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is teeming with hot springs, some of which are open for bathing (others are so hot, they’re used to boil food). Additional highlights include a Kiwi bird sanctuary, the Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute, and the Pohutu and Te Horu geysers. 

Waikite Valley 
Located along the road to Rotorua, the Waikite Valley thermal pools offer family-friendly hot pools fed by mineral-rich geothermal waters, as well as private pools available for hire. Alternatively, head to nearby Kerosene Creek, where you can take a dip for free.

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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting, Taupo, null
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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island’s great outdoors from the water! Brace yourself for a ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.36
Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako, Taupo, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Join this completely self-guided tour for an extraordinary geothermal experience! A unique natural geothermal attraction, situated between Rotorua and Taupo. ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.02
Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride, Rotorua, Day Trips
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Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic geology as you see the steaming cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the boiling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu and the gushing geysers of ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.35
Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako, Rotorua, Nature & Wildlife
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Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Zip around Rotorua on a jet boat, passing through majestic Tutukau Gorge on your way to the geothermal reserve at Orakei Korako. Some of the most active ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.34

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