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Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve

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Address: Taupo 3378, New Zealand

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Lovely thermal pools

We visited the Thermal pools only in a cool misty October day. They were wonderful, not very busy, and the pools were warm and inviting. We didn't have time to walk around the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Susan E
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Thermal pools only in a cool misty October day. They were wonderful, not very busy, and the pools were warm and inviting. We didn't have time to walk around the reserve and I would say that the pools are more of an adult attraction as children might get bored quite quickly

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great for all the family.The park Playground is fabulous for all the young ones,A large platform to climb with slides, climbing ropes ,firemans pole,sandpit,swings.Theres a teenage excersice area,and a great flying fox.A skatepark and lots of walks through the bush.A fabulous hot water stream you can hop into and soak in .Clean toilets.Highly recommended.I now live here in Taupo and... More 

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Thank Maryanne26
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are travelling around New Zealand's North Island you will see a lot of signs for thermal spas dotted here and there. The majority are quite costly and will set you back at least $25NZD. Before you go and pay for a thermal spa experience take a trip to the Spa Thermal Park in Taupo. It's completely free and... More 

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Thank Trfskinner1
London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful, 2 small pools, higher hotter than lower. in stream running into main river. Free. In public park. Easy parking. Go early in camper van, have breakfast in car park, go to pools. Be careful of main river - very strong currents, people have drowned.

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Thank HTFU
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Free walks, stunning views, free hot pools (be sure to come early, as the space is limited!). Just like another reality or the lost world. I would also recommend walking all the way to Huka Falls.

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Thank Natalia S
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Beautiful park and lovely hot pools. Very popular though and so can be hard to get into. Good playground there as well. You can walk to Huka falls from here.

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Thank Elizabeth M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Spend an afternoon at the spa thermal park with my husband, it was our 17 wedding anniversary, just relaxed and enjoy

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Thank 758desireea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Surprisingly fun and free. My tween and teen children loved it. For a bit of extra fun jump between the rock pool closest to the river and the cold Waikato river.

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We decided to head to this attraction as a last minute decision after our bus arrived into Taupo at about 2pm and we were glad we did. It was a really horrible afternoon, it was grey, cloudy, cold and raining however we decided that this wouldn't be a problem as the pools are hot, this worked out well for us... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Depending on how lucky you are you can arrive to a beautiful, clean, natural hot stream by the ice cold river or to littered, grose scenery. If nobody was partying and drinking there the night before. You're lucky and will enjoy it for sure. If you arrive after sombodys drinking sesion - not so pleasant. But try your luck and... More 

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