Mt Tauhara Hike
Mt Tauhara is a medium 2.8km walk that will take you around 1 hour 20mins to reach the top. The track is rough and some areas can be tricky to maneuver. On a clear day you get amazing views of Lake Taupo, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu and surrounding farmlands. Mt Tauhara is 1,088m above sea level and was formed about 65,000 years ago. The start of the track is approximately 10 minutes drive from Taupo central and is accessible by car.
Spa Thermal Park
Spa Thermal Park is a beautiful grass parkland area with walking tracks, playgrounds, flying fox and a natural thermal hot spring.
The popular Otumuheke Stream is located in Spa Park off County Ave, approximately 20 minutes walk or 5 minute drive from Central Taupo just past the Taupo Bungy.
From the free carpark the walk is about 500 meters along the footpath to the bridge over the Otumuheke stream. The Thermal stream and hot pools are located on the edge of the Waikato river and is the start of the popular walk to Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam.
Under the bridge the water streams down the natural rock formations into small rock pools which mix with the crystal clear cold water from the Waikato River. Depending on how hot you want your soak, there are different rock pools for different temperatures.
A newly built toilet and changing block has been added to this area along with secure lockers to store your belongings. A river edge platform and hot spring seating area has been designed to make the most of this beautiful natural wonder.