Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Hot Springs in Taupo

Three large pools of mineral-laden waters from the Wairakei geothermal steam field are the main drawcard here. The therapeutic pools (open to those 14 years and older) are like extensions to the artificial silica terraces that step down through the valley above. Along the thermal walk, a geyser churns out a thunderstorm of steam, but otherwise it's probably the least interesting of the area’s geothermal paths.

The evening Māori Cultural Experience wasn't running at the time of our visit, and isn't expected to start back up until at least 2021.