Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa information

Taupo , New Zealand
Street Wairakei Rd
+64 7 378 0913
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thermal walk adult/child $18/9, pools $25
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Known to Maori as Waiora and latterly as Geyser Valley, this was one of the most active thermal areas in the world (with 22 geysers and 240 mud pools and springs) until 1958, when it was significantly affected by the opening of the geothermal power station. Today it’s the site of a re-created Maori village, a small meeting house, a carving centre, massage rooms and a set of healing thermal pools. These sit alongside artificially made geysers and silica terraces, re-creating, on a smaller scale, the famous Pink and White Terraces, which were destroyed by the Tarawera eruption in 1886.

The nighttime Maori Cultural Experience – which includes a traditional challenge, welcome, concert and hangi meal – gives an insight into Maori life in the geothermal areas (adult/child $95/48).