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Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

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Address: State Highway 1, Taupo, New Zealand
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A good locally owned thermal experience

We didn't stay here, but you can. We just popped along to get off the well worn tourist route, have lunch and relax. We ended up meeting a relaxed owner with a great sense of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
United Kingdom
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Wairakei thermal pools are great after a long day of site seeing and adventure seeking. Take time to book using either, Bookme.com or grabone and you can save up to 50%, if you are able to, bring your own towel, this will save you more money. During Summer Jan-end of Feb, it can be busy 5-6! but it is... More 

Thank TOKYO2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

enjoyed the walk through the thermal valley. staff at the cafe were great - kids enjoyed feeding the animals!

Thank missdez
United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't stay here, but you can. We just popped along to get off the well worn tourist route, have lunch and relax. We ended up meeting a relaxed owner with a great sense of humour, who provided a lovely lunch and an interesting thermal park. It is not the cheapest but provided our children with the most fun. You... More 

Thank familyoffiveonhols
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Greeted by free-roaming alpacas, peacocks and other birds on arrival. Entrance fee also gets you a handheld heat meter which is fun to use. The walks are laid out over a geothermal valley, some are quite steep - I would not say they are suitable for anyone with a severe physical disability or those who may become easily tired. The... More 

Thank Swallow73
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden gem in a beautiful valley. Visited on a beautiful day, took the thermal walk and enjoyed the scones with cream and jam! Owner has a great sense of humour 👍👍Easy to relax and let the kids run around and enjoy the animals.

Thank Patrick H
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to go and relax. The steps can be a bit slippy but otherwise fantastic spot. Would love to return.

Thank Elle239012
Fremont, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Easy walk to see a Geyser or soak in Thermal Pool. Visit here if you cannot do the 45 mins craters of the moon.

Thank hsoof
Malua Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We spent a couple of hours here on New Years day. We chose Wairkei over the other spas as no children under 14 are allowed. Friendly staff and nice facilities. There are four pools with natural thermal water with no chemicals. The pools are clean and the surroundings well kept. I feel the price is quite high at $25 per... More 

Thank Nicole G
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

It is a very good location with accomodation conference area and bar and restaurant.Lovely natural surroundings really enjoyed visiting.

Thank Kim C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We went here by chance and really enjoyed the walk which was easily manageable for an 8 year old who loved checking the temperatures with the laser that you get from the cafe. The cafe was delightful. Really lovely cakes but the highlight was when a sheep walked through. The most beautiful peacocks I've ever seen outside as well as... More 

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