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“We had the best meal”
Review of Wairakei Terraces

Wairakei Terraces
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$445.30*
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Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Helicopter Flight from Tauranga
Ranked #1 of 1 Concerts & Shows in Taupo
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

After been there in the day for the thermal park and loved it we decided to do the maori cultural show and hangi meal and it was awsome, These guys can cook.

3  Thank NeilTaupoNZ
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Well maintained and clean, the terraces themselves are really interesting, the cafe wasn't open in May, when we were there.

Thank archbolds
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

We recently visited the Wairakei Terraces as well as two other thermal attractions in this area of North Island. This was an interesting attraction, a bit like a landscaped and manicured garden version of a natural thermal park. However, there isn't much to see here, making the (NZ$18 adult, NZ$9 child) price way too much for Wairakei compared to the other thermal parks/grounds you can visit.

The trail takes about 15-20 minutes to walk around. You see the thermal healing pools, which are very attractive but reserved for the spa customers. You then see the man made terraces, which have hot water being piped up from deep below the surface to create an attractive landscape and pools area for you to see and photograph. They have even created a geyser, which was fun to watch.

Overall, while interesting to see a man-made thermal creation, this did feel the price tag was too high compared to other thermal attractions like Craters of the Moon (NZ$6 per adult, NZ$2.5 per child. And we felt this park was far less impressive than the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland park near Rotorua, which is quite a bit more expensive to visit by the way.

If you are planning to only visit one thermal attraction, we'd recommend Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua. It is more expensive but covering perhaps 50 times as much area and has so much more to see that is naturally created, including some smaller terrace-like formations.

If you are traveling on a budget, you can visit the Craters of the Moon attraction nearby. This thermal ground is perhaps less interesting but offers a nice walk and is much cheaper.

However, if you have an appreciating for gardening, landscaping and man-made creations, and you've a higher budget to work with, than you might enjoy the Wairakei Terraces.

17  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

This was Beautiful, and the surrounds quiet and tranquil, I deffinatley will go back there,

1  Thank kerrynt
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We arrived there at the end of the year, the door was close with no notification in the entrance that the site is close or why it close; we and other travellers that arrived with us tried to look for someone to clarify if the site was really close- but couldn’t find anybody. It seems like deep disrespecting for the traveller arriving there.

1  Thank DAG4
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