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Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

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Address: State Highway 1, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-374 8004
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Worth the time to spend here, see and hear the force of nature right at your feet. Learn about the native gods and culture.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
Stanthorpe, Australia
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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yellowstone outshines this destination 100 fold. basically hot mud holes with a nice walk. A couple of pretty steam vents. not worth the money, but o.k. if you have the time.

Thank sophillymike
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very disappointed. Not much of thermal activity as described. Pictures are all hyped and not the reality. Not worth the admission fee. We were able to see Alpaca and Peacocks in front of the valley.

Thank Pankaj D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thought we'd just do the small walk but ended up walking the whole 3. Very interesting to learn about the culture within the area and very spectacular thermal pools of varying colours that don't seem to have the acrid smell of thermal places further north makes the visit.

Thank Patrick R
Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth seeing. The walk, whichever length you choose, is so worth the time. The craters and pools are spectacular.

Thank karen d
Grafton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent almost 3 hours hiking along the Thermal Valley. We brought our lunch and found numerous spots to sit and nibble. The sites and sounds were amazing: bubbling geothermal waters creating a wide range of colours from white to orange, to red to green. Beautiful. We walked to the end and back. The walk is pretty much downhill for... More 

Thank 7didi7
Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place today, along with many of the other attractions in the Wairakei Tourist Park, such as Craters of the moon (which is much better than this walk), Huka Honey Hive (worth a visit) and Huka Falls (a must-do). We paid the $10 entry fee at the cafe to do the Thermal Walk as advertised on signs along... More 

Thank MiaaCal
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky experience, we pulled in to get some coffees and explore - we were greeted by farm animals and lots of birds which was pretty cool. There was a self guided thermal walk people could do, but was something like $10 each and didn’t look like it was worth the time. We saw some people finishing the walk that didn’t... More 

Thank nicky m
South Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arriving late into Taupo we decided to call into the WAIRAKEI TERRACES hot springs. What a surprise. There were only a handful of people there and the facilities were awesome - very clean change rooms, and only a short walk to the thermal springs. there was a choice of three at varying temperatures. It was extremely pleasant as you sit... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice, quiet place with some farm animals. Had lunch at the restaurant. Good food, but what a unpleasant surprise to discovered at the end of the meal that they charged NZD 6.00 extra for a tiny bit of salad along with the pie. Avoid the salad and just have the pie.

Thank RTW_and_back
Stanthorpe, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Worth the time to spend here, see and hear the force of nature right at your feet. Learn about the native gods and culture.

Thank andrewkidd63

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