Great Lake Taupo Geothermal Attractions

Geothermal Activity at Orakei Korako


Exploring the vast thermal and volcanic landscape comes with choice, via foot, bike, horse back, boat or for the thrill seeker, a scenic flight. Fortunately many of these natural gems lay just a stones throw from the Taupo town centre making them easily accessible.

Here are a few geothermal attractions within the Great Lake Taupo region.

Orakei Korako is a 25 minute drive north of Taupo and has been named by Lonely Planet as ‘possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world'. Take a walk around the Hidden Valley and see silica terraces, boiling pools, geysers and an incredibly rare geothermal cave. Orakei Korako is thousands of years old - you can almost taste the history.

Wairakei Terraces also has a thermal walkway and if you really want to dive into some Maori culture, they offer intimate hangi nights set against the natural backdrop of their amazing volcanic area. They also have hot pools and spa massage facilities if you’re up for a bit of indulgence.

Craters of the Moon is mostly known for its incredible mountain biking but they also have a leisurely geothermal walk around the thermal area. With plenty of steam vents and boiling mud pools it’s easy to feel as though you are walking on the surface of the moon. The walk is wheelchair accessible and suitable for all abilities.

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley offers a 30 minute thermal walk. It's only a few dollars and is a nice easy way to experience some volcanic activity up close and personal. Pay for a bag of food and feed the animals on your way around too. 

Volcanic Activity Centre is where you can learn about the wonders and mysteries of the Taupo Volcanic Zone which stretches from Mt Ruapehu in the central plateau to White Island in the Bay of Plenty. It's a great fun and educational experience, especially for the kids, and also a fantastic rainy day option.

Tokaanu Thermal Walk is located at the southern end of the lake in a small village of Tokaanu, near to Turangi. The 15-20 minute thermal bush walk features bubbling mud and silica springs which is wheelchair accessible and free to explore. The walk is located right next to the Tokaanu Thermal Pools.

No visit to the region is complete without a relaxing soak in one of the natural thermal hot pools dotted around the area. Whether you’re resting weary legs after a day exploring or just looking for the perfect way to unwind, you will definitely enjoy a relaxing soak in the soothing warm geothermal water.

  • Volcanic Activity Centre

    Turangi’s Volcanic Activity Centre is located at the gateway to the Taupo Volcanic Zone and is a hands-on interactive educational visitor centre that aims to bring the explosive past and present volcanic and geothermal features of this area to life and...

    • Price $7 - $12
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Family Turangi Rainy Days Volcanic/Geothermal Turangi Family Activities
  • 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.

    • Price $235 - $235
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Taupo Rainy Days Volcanic/Geothermal Walking & Hiking Kayaking – Fresh Water
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley

    Guided tours and self guided walks through spectacular thermal activity and volcanic craters in the world's youngest geothermal system. Half and full day sightseeing tours from Rotorua, lake cruise with full commentary and nature walks & hikes.

    • Price Child under 6 Free; Child (7 - 16yrs) $12-$24; Adult $37-$79.50
    • Activity Family Family Maori Culture Volcanic/Geothermal Walking & Hiking
  • 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.

    • Price $295 - $355
    • Activity Boat Cruises Cultural Attractions Volcanic/Geothermal Walking & Hiking
  • Taupo Kayaking Adventures The Squeeze

    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.

    • Price $210 - $210
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Volcanic/Geothermal
  • 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.

    • Price $99 - $699
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Scenic Flights Volcanic/Geothermal Weddings
  • Tokaanu Thermal Pools

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

    • Price $6-$12
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Family Hot Pools Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools Turangi Family Activities Turangi Rainy Days 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.

    • Price $200 - $240
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking Volcanic/Geothermal Water Sports
  • Tokaanu Thermal Walk

    Take a short walk around our natural thermal area. See steaming hot mineral pools set in sinter basins, and spluttering mud pots amongst attractive native bush.

    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Free Turangi Family Activities Volcanic/Geothermal

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