Named after one of the first settlers in Reporoa, this artificial pool is filled by a natural spring. Water levels can vary as a result, but with public toilets, bins and a car park, it's a great spot to pull up for some R&R or for the night. Look for the brown signpost and head down the gravel road.

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1. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

6.88 MILES

The most colourful of the region's geothermal attractions, Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) has a variety of features packed into a relatively compact, heavily…

2. Kerosene Creek

8.49 MILES

Pouring below Rainbow Mountain, this naturally heated stream offers a warm swimming hole beneath a cascade.

3. Orakei Korako

10.91 MILES

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…

4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley

11.83 MILES

The most visible wound from Mt Tarawera's 1886 eruption, the Waimangu geothermal area spreads down a valley to Lake Rotomahana (Warm Lake). The experience…

5. Aratiatia Lookouts

15.83 MILES

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…

6. Aratiatia Rapids

15.89 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…

7. Te Wairoa, the Buried Village

16.72 MILES

The village of Te Wairoa was once the main staging post for Victorian-era tourists coming to visit the famous Pink and White Terraces. When Mt Tarawera…

8. Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

17.97 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…