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“Fantastic hot pools”
Review of Wairakei Terraces

Wairakei Terraces
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US$436.65*
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We often come here to the hot pools. There are truly beautiful as well as relaxing. One of the main advantages of coming here as opposed to the other Taupo hot pools is that they do not allow children in them. This makes it a very relaxing place to go for adults. It is peaceful and calm. Perfect for enjoying the lovely pools. Be warned that the top pool by the terraces is very hot. Make sure you take water with you and do not put your head under the water as the pools are not chlorinated. You can hire towels there and there are lockers to hire for valuables. But these cost so we always leave our valuables at our accomodation. Go and enjoy.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only went for the pools, so I can't comment on anything else. They were lovely though - really nice setting (which often isn't the case with thermal pools), and a good variety of temperatures. The hot water running in the pool from the rockface is perfect if you want heat on your shoulders but not so much anywhere else. Nice and peaceful, although quite busy at times.
My only negative is the height of the seating - they're really a bit too low, which makes it difficult to sit in the water comfortably. (We also paid using a half price voucher - at $25 a pop full price, these are some of the more expensive pools around, but we easily spent three hours there, so still pretty good value.)

Thank Westie_Traveller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The natural geothermal features are interesting, but everything else looks neglected. The map is pretty useless, and there are no signs to point out the route. We had visited the “Craters of the Moon“ the day before and found that to be much better set out with excellent walkways and plenty of signage. The Wairakei thermal area is very much smaller but more intense. We did not try out the hot pools which might be worthwhile, but we found the walk around the area very disappointing in comparison to so many wonderful natural features nearby.

1  Thank David E
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

There is such a difference when you use theses hot pools compared to others. Peaceful and quiet as no children under 14 are permitted entry. Small changing / shower facility but well worth a visit. No gimmicks. Not sure that
I would pay to go on the walk though.

Thank venetianintown
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

I’m a regular here when we visit Taupo
It’s a beautiful place to spend some time to rest and relax.
No children which is lovely too as its quiet
Can’t recommend highly enough :-)

Thank Janigel
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