Bring your camera as well as your swimsuit to the Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa, because there are few thermal spas as picturesque as this one. While you bathe, enjoy the views of the uniquely New Zealand landscape of steaming hot springs, lush forest and drooping silica terraces.
Located below a large hill of silica terraces, the setting of the Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa is truly spectacular and the views are soothing in themselves. A Poutokowhenua, a traditionally carved wooden pole, arched wooden bridges and landscaped gardens complete the image of a traditional Māori health spa that draws visitors from all over the globe.
Relax in the thermal pools. Hand-picked by the Māori inhabitants of this region for the instant therapeutic benefits and natural healing powers, the waters and clays of Wairakei may just be the wellness treatment you were looking for.
The secret behind the therapeutic effects of these thermal waters is the unique blend of silica, magnesium, iron, sulfate, calcium and other body-enhancing minerals. The holistic benefits , combined with the therapeutic massages and magnificent setting, are bound to make you feel better.
Hang around for sunset for one of the most magical bathing experiences you’ll ever have. At night the thermal pools are lit up by atmospheric lights, making the spa look like something out of a fairy tale.
Inquire about joining a Māori Cultural Experience for a guided tour of the geothermal landscape with intriguing tales of natural wonders and traditional healing. Tours start in the Marae-a-tea, the courtyard. The tour ends in the Whare Kai, the traditional dining room, for a typical Māori feast along with song, haka demonstrations and dance. For a lasting memory, buy Māori arts and crafts from the on-site gift shop.
The Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa is located along Wairakei Road, just north of Lake Taupo. The spa complex is open every day except for some public holidays. To ensure a relaxing and safe environment for everyone, entry is reserved for those of 14 years and over. The closest airports are in Taupo and Rotorua.