Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

Natural Feature in Taupo

This thermal walk (around 1.8km) is on a secluded property and peaceful camping site, surrounded by peacocks and other animals (sites $18 to $21 per person, cabins $75 to 95, a cottage from $125, summer teepee from November to early April – depending on the weather – $65 to 85). Tickets are purchased from the cafe to explore mud pools, silica formations, the 'champagne cauldron' and rare and endangered plant life. Kids will get a kick out of pointing the loaned thermal laser gun.