Aratiatia Lookouts


The best spot to watch the raging Aratiatia Rapids. The first lookout is an easy five-minute walk from the rapids' car park, while the upper lookout takes 10 minutes to reach and rewards with a view of the Aratiatia Power Station.

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1. Aratiatia Rapids

0.09 MILES

Two kilometres off SH5, this gorge was a spectacular part of the Waikato River until a hydroelectric dam was plonked across the waterway, shutting off the…

2. Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

2.98 MILES

This thermal walk (1.8km) on a secluded property explores the steaming banks of the Wairakei Stream and the deep pit of the Witches Cauldron. Kids will…

3. Huka Falls Lookout


Excellent spot to view spectacular Huka Falls. From the car park, cross the bridge and turn left.

4. Huka Falls

3.47 MILES

The Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, squeezes through a narrow chasm at Huka Falls, making the dramatic 11m drop into a surging crystal-blue…

5. Craters of the Moon

4.08 MILES

This geothermal area sprang to life when hydroelectric tinkering around the power station in 1958 caused water levels to fall. The pressure shifted,…

6. Taupō Museum

6.15 MILES

This small but fascinating museum has an excellent Māori gallery and quirky displays, which include a 1960s caravan set up as if the occupants have just…

7. Hot Water Beach

6.38 MILES

At the end of the long town beach are patches of warm water right in front of a car park. It’s no Coromandel, but have a dig and you might find some…

8. Orakei Korako


Tucked away from other more popular thermal fields, Orakei Korako is (since the destruction of the Pink and White Terraces, at least) arguably NZ's most…