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Address: Orakei Road, New Zealand
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Thermal Park across a lake

about halfway between Rotorua and Taupo but well signposted is this local run Thermal park. There is a reasonable car park and a cafe/reception area where you buy tickets to cross... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
mcb5022
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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363 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Nice loop walk which can be started at either meadowbank or orakei station. Good for runners too . The basin always has water.

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Thank Aspi123
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful location of water, water skiing, 🐶 dogs playing, with Tui singing and bush to walk though! It's our family's favourite place to take our dog off lead. Highly recommended for a lively walk with your dog in the middle of the city!

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Thank TracyLSt
Auckland
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Stunning, peaceful and an opportunity to meet the locals. Great coffee stops with 5 mins of the Basin. The Benson Road Deli or the Shore Road Cafe.

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South Australia
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140 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

about halfway between Rotorua and Taupo but well signposted is this local run Thermal park. There is a reasonable car park and a cafe/reception area where you buy tickets to cross on ferry. The thermal park has access paths to walk upon throughout with boiling water pools, boiling mud and fumeroles. There is a geyser which erupts as it sees... More 

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Thank mcb5022
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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106 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

A lovely walk round the basin - I read an article where it said it was suitable for strollers but with the amount of steps involved I would caution those who possibly have a double stroller. Good walk with peaceful and lovely surroundings

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Thank NZcouple_12
Auckland, New Zealand
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83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Very peaceful and beautiful basin, highly recommended to have a nice walk around the basin, or walk the dog. You can also do some water activities if you have the required items

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

A lovely peaceful spot down the hill from the hustle and bustle of Newmarket. The kids loved watching the trains come along 'through the water'.

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Thank Carolineandkarl
Port-Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

The walk around the basin takes 1-2 hrs. The council have improved the walkways a lot, and now there are some cool over the water walkways. There are bush sections and open sections to see the lagoon as well. Sometimes there is water skiers for extra action to watch. There is a variety of native bird life, and apparently you... More 

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Thank ReubenMcC
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Off the train at Meadowbank and joined the boardwalk. Bird life abundant. The Pied Shags on the bare tree made a fantastic photo!

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Thank Llewellyn R
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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93 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2013

The Orakei Basin is like an inland body of water. There are yachts on it but there is nothing spectalar

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