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“Quirky”

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
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US$152.70*
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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting
Ranked #13 of 70 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

We found this place by accident after a boat trip to Huka Falls. The owner does initially come across a little odd but we stayed and chatted to him and found him fascinating. He was a fellow biker so maybe we are biased.

I suppose $13 may be expensive to some people but we found it reasonable compared to some of the other rip offs we had come across in NZ. It was actually refreshing to come across a place that hadn't been ruined by a bucket load of health and safety rules like it is in the UK.

We personally loved the walk, the lush vegetation, views and peacefulness of the walk was great. Fair enough the mud pools had dried up due to the lack of rain BUT...............is that the owners fault? I thought bubbling mud pools were a natural phenomena?

The food and drink in the Cafe was fine, loved the Animals milling around the place.

Lighten up people, the place is quirky and doesn't deserve some of the criticism.

If I was ten years younger I would by the place!

Oh and a note to parents............if you are taking your kids to a place like this make sure you keep them to the pathways AND under control. That way they WONT get burn't

Thank Wolfdancer48
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

This area takes about 1 hour to walk around in which there are steam vents, bubbling mud and bubbling boiling water. It is very pleasant, well looked after and has spectacular views. There is a very small entrance charge which is well worth it.

Thank markilee
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

An easy walk into a natural thermal area, offering a magnificent view, steamy cascades, luscious vegetation, mud pools and a great little cafe to begin and end your trip with.

Thank Whitestarlion
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Not worth the $13 each, the most exciting part about it was looking at the photos on the wall of what it used to look like. Can see why the owners are trying to sell it. Cafe ok

1  Thank Judith M
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

A terribly run down business, up for sale if it doesn't get closed for safety breaches first. View of the the steam and mud is ok if you make your way thru the long grass and overgrown bushes.

1  Thank sbadert
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