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Wairakei
Travel Guide

Wairakei showing a hot spring

Get close to volcanic wonders and experience the geothermal power of the center of New Zealand's picturesque North Island.

Make Wairakei your home base when you want to explore the geothermal power of the Earth. See bubbling mud pools, silica terraces and geysers, the result of one of the most violent volcanic eruptions of the last 5,000 years. Approximately 1,800 years ago Taupo Volcano erupted, sending plumes 31 miles (50 kilometers) into the air.

Wairakei is a small town north of Taupo in the Central Volcanic Plateau, close to a highly active geothermal area. Sightsee the geothermal valleys, silica terraces and geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave.

Discover more examples of the impressive power of nature at Wairakei Tourist Park. Here you can go on a boardwalk tour of the Craters of the Moon, a landscape of boiling mud craters and steam vents. Then watch mighty surges of water at Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids.

The tourist park also features a number of outdoor activities to get the heart pumping, including wakeboarding at Anarchy Boarding Park, a rope course and 50 miles (80 kilometers) of mountain bike tracks. For some leisurely sporting activity, play the 18 holes of the Wairakei Golf Course, which is spread across 445 acres (180 hectares)) of the Wairakei Geothermal Park.

After your activities, soothe your body in the thermal pools of Wairakei Terraces. Then stroll along the walkway to see the man-made geysers and man-made silica terraces. Along the way, you will pass by carvings that depict local Maori history and culture. While you are here, go to the recreated Maori village and pick up insights into how the Maori people have used the thermal pools for healing. You can also see traditional tattooing and weaving, learn about the culture and try a traditional barbecue.

With a number of accommodation options and its close proximity to natural attractions, Wairakei is a superb choice for an active and fun-filled holiday. This spectacular location is 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) from the center of Taupo, a 3-hour scenic drive from Auckland and a 4.5-hour drive from Wellington.

Wairakei Resort Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo
4 out of 5
640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
The price is NZ$125 per night from 9 Jun. to 9 Jun.
This family-friendly Wairakei hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Wairakei International Golf Course and Prawn Farm. Huka Falls is ...
4.3/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Every stay over many years has been good, good room service"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Wairakei Resort Taupo
The Ultimate Stay !!
The Ultimate Stay !!
149 Palmer Mill Rd, Wairakei, Waikato
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Situated in Wairakei, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Aratiatia Rapids and within 6 miles (10 km) of Huka Falls and Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
5 star experience
"We loved staying in this warm, modern, beautifully furnished home. Sylvia our hostess, is welcoming and helpful. She went beyond our expectations to ensure the kitchen was well stocked for breakfast needs. Hope to go back again some day."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2021

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Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is NZ$176 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Taupo Bungy and Golf Club Taupo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Loved the pool and room, however extremely understaffed leading to poor service in the bar and restaurant both evening and breakfast time. Multiple complaints from other guests overheard about room service line being ignored. Public areas not cleaned to the level expected for this hotel. Weeks of ..."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2021

Hilton Lake Taupo
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Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$120 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) ...
4.2/5Excellent! (495 reviews)
"Very clean and tidy. Could have done with a lift to take suitcases up to 2nd level instead of carrying then up 2 flights of stairs"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Baycrest Lodge
Baycrest Lodge
4 out of 5
79 Mere Rd, Taupo
The price is NZ$190 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Hot Springs and Taupo Bungy. Craters of the Moon and Wairakei ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (520 reviews)
"Baycrest our first choice when staying in Taupo."

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2021

Baycrest Lodge
Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters
5 out of 5
221-225 Lake Terrace, Waipahihi, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$203 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
This family-friendly Taupo apartment building is located near the airport, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Taupo Hot Springs, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Huka Falls and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (325 reviews)
"Fabulous property Cindy was amazing. So welcoming, friendly and lovely. Would highly recommend staying here for location, and it’s a beautiful spacious property"

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

Sacred Waters
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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1 Jun. 2020

A great place to go to if you want to visit Taupo and the Huka Falls

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20 Jan. 2020

Was a pleasant experience, but probably not somewhere we would visit again

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6 Dec. 2019

I thought this place was a resort. Not from our experience

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7 Nov. 2019

If it wasnt so convenient and peaceful we would not come back

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27 Aug. 2019

Brilliant for business.

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