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Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve

Taupo 3378, New Zealand
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Ranked #19 of 43 activities in Taupo
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Geologic Formations
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Thornton, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is great because it's just a local park, and you bring your swim suit, strip and jump in! Water is very warm, waterfalls very relaxing, and also a great place to mingle and meet locals and travelers alike. Only thing is being free, it's also very popular, so you might have to fight for a spot. But the best... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

You can enjoy the place and thermal spa for free great location and a good timepass. It has good hot water pools to have fun in.

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Hue, Vietnam
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We visited this this evening and it was really cool. The thermal pool by the river is pretty awesome. Its so warm but there are varying sections of warmth to choose from. Its like the only free thermal water area around taupo.

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Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I researched this place before our trip but didn't know exactly where it was. The lady at the front desk of our hotel wasn't sure either and said it could be one of two locations. We found it eventually down Spa Road. You park at the top of a hill and walk down the slope to the river. I didn't... More

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Sydney
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

It was sooooo good ... Free!!! I went on a warm and sunny winter day. It wasnt cold at all. Just right. So refreshing~

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Sydney
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was one of my favourite places in Taupo. I had read about this and must admit to being a bit apprehensive about impinging on the locals turf but nobody seemed to care and there were plenty of backpackers there also enjoying the spot.There is no better way to spend a lazy hour or two than soaking in the waters... More

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Köln, Deutschland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Absolutely great! The natural spring is awsome and very realxing! You can pick the temperature by changing the location.. The higher, the hotter! Go when it gets dark and watch the stars while soaking in the warm/hot water... Also a really good place to go when it rains!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

The most beautiful spot. A thermal stream meets the river about 10 minutes walk from the car park. Pick your own temperature by going closer or further from the water falls. Have a few beers in the water and meet some locals or other visitors. Lovely! And free!

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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This was cool, and free. It was nice to go for a swim in the river, it is just a short walk down to the swim area with cool views. Probably best to go when there are not so many people, it was fairly crowded while we were there. Everyone was really friendly and made room for others to experience... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This is a great little spot but it is a fair walk from the carpark to the swimming spot so not suited to those unstable on their feet or with limited mobility see note below. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes as there is no where to change etc and beach shoes would be an advantage on the slippery rocks... More

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