Join us for this great Taupo day trip, finishing with a soak in the Wairakei thermal pools.
The Aratiatia Rapids are one of the most popular natural attractions in the North Island. Thousands of litres of water are released from the Aratiatia Dam creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge. We will be there to observe the gates opening so you can see the transformation. We will also visit the Huka Falls viewing platform.
In the Lava Glass Studio, the public can view the glassblowing process by master glassblower and owner of Lava Glass, Lynden Over. Lynden is famous for his Volcanic Series, a range of vases, bowls, and paperweights that are inspired by New Zealand’s striking scenery.
Craters of the Moon is a geothermal walkway with Lunar Landscapes – hence its name. View the natural thermal activity of Taupo during a 45 minute walk that wanders through a weird, other-worldy, landscape featuring bubbling craters, colourful soils and steaming vents.
We will finish off the day with a relaxing soak at the Wairakei Thermal Pools. The waters and clays of Wairakei are highly valued for their healing powers and therapeutic benefits. At the turn of the last century, travelers worldwide came by train, by horse or stagecoach to ‘take the waters’, testifying to its ‘remarkable curative properties’.
Visitors can now bathe in a series of hot thermal pools rich in minerals, uniquely situated below magnificent silica terraces that provide a ‘feel back in time’ sensation, leaving you warm long after you have left the water.
A moderate level of fitness is required as you will be walking at Craters of the Moon and suitable walking footwear. Please note that this tour is not suitable for children as they are not allowed into the Thermal Pools.
BYO lunch (or there will be opportunities to buy from a local café)
Cost: $95.00 per person, includes all travel, entry to Craters of the Moon, Lava Glass Studio, and the Thermal pools. Contact Cambridge i-SITE to book 07 823 3456