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Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

State Highway 1 | P.O. Box 71, Taupo, New Zealand
07 374 8004
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Ranked #11 of 18 Attractions in Taupo
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Well worth a visit. Lots of thermal pools of varying colours. Helpful staff and well signposted. Worth a visit.

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Katikati, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The walk starts through the cafe which is interesting with a proprietor who is a great character. The walk was pleasant and quite steep but we took our time. There was some steam but not really a lot of activity. However this was February and the weather had been very dry. Presumably it looks a bit more lively when there... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It was a cheap entrance fee but you only get what you pay for. There was hardly any thermal activity once you had cleared the main viewing area. We did a long walk to view hardly anything. The tracks were not well maintained and on one occasion I took hold of a rail, only to have it come loose in... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Pulled in for a cup of tea and went for a walk anyway!! The fella who was running the place was a real character and is good value on his own!! The walk is in need of a bit of maintenance and some of the guardrails looked ready to fall over at the next opportune moment, but use your common... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

You pay a fee and go on a walk on the grounds which has a lot of geothermal activity underground. Vents and holes in the ground release steam all around. There are natural berries you can eat on the trail and they have some animals on display at the building where you enter.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great friendly staff, very helpful. Pools were fantastic, had back pain and it eased with heat from pools. Good views from private pools, if back packing there is also a campsite available

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15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Wow went here on a stunning day and this is breathtaking. The walk can take about an hour but make sure you bring a camera. Amazing. Really nice owner and you can feed his chickens.

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We stumbled across this place by accident and glad we did. We had a hectic morning travelling so this was a nice respite. The vibe was very relaxed and the animals were ever so cute. yes, it is a little run down but the owner is friendly and the walk was really enjoyable. It suggested it would take 30 mins... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It should be a free walk where kids can get a bit excited by smoke coming out of the ground. But if I pay an entry fee I'd expect to actually see something nice or interesting. All it was was a walk along which there were few hot smoky spots. The highlight of our visit tbh were the animals outside.... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Not impressed by this run down old outfit. Low key, degraded facilities and gerenally a waste of time. Defintely seen better times.

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