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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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We have visited Taupo many times but I had not heard of this place until yesterday. We went for a visit and it is well worth it. The park is really nice and we had a picnic near... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Papamoa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited Taupo many times but I had not heard of this place until yesterday. We went for a visit and it is well worth it. The park is really nice and we had a picnic near the playground. Nice bathroom facilities as well. When we visited it was busy also in the river but a friendly atmosphere. The... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Highly recommend people to walk over to the thermal pools and soak themselves in. We arrived before noon time and it was packed with people. Remember to dress accordingly for soaking in the pool. It was an awesome experience.

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Thank Lawrence C
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A huge park for leisure walk and also free natural thermal pools to soak in. Good for family day out

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Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place for kids to play with so many different things they can do. The large "tree house" is great. Flying fox, gym equipment, sand playground, place for biking and skate boarding, walks gore and even a hot waterfall! Everything is here. picnic tables and a water fountain. One of our favourite places to go with kids in Taupo.

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Thank Melody P
New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a quick walk from Taupo and a fun place to hang out with friends and meet backpackers. It was really crowded when we went, but that added to the fun place for young travelers to meet up.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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Thank Susan E
Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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