This volcanic region offers up an abundance of stunning natural sights...
First stop on any sightseeing trip has to be the magnificent, thunderous Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction! While 47 rivers and streams feed into Lake Taupo only one river drains it – the Waikato River. Huka Falls is a series of amazing waterfalls on the Waikato River, a place where 220,000 litres of water avalanches over an 11 metre rock face every second!
You can take a jet boat ride to the base of the mightiest of the waterfalls, within a few metres of this awesome natural power or take a helicopter flight over the river and waterfalls - your pilot can get you very close and the roar of the waterfall is deafening and exhilarating!
There are also many viewing platforms along the river, accessed by a short, easy walk.
Lonely Planet Guide has described Orakei Korako as “one of the finest thermal areas in the world”, Orakei Korako (also called ‘The Hidden Valley’) is less than an hour’s drive from Acacia Cliffs Lodge and a must-visit if you have a few days to spend with us. After a ferry ride across Lake Ohakuri, you will arrive at The Hidden Valley. Here, nestled in lush native bush in this remote corner of world, you’ll discover amazing volcanic activity: Up to 23 spurting geysers, bubbling mud pools and so much more…
Taupo’s Hot Springs Spa
Craters of The Moon
Since the late 1800’s, travellers from all over the world have been drawn to this region to ‘take the waters’ - bathing in the natural hot springs that abound here. Mother Nature’s own mineral ‘spa pools’ have a number of therapeutic effects and the water leaves skin oh-so-soft. Spend a few hours at this quality complex – there are private pools, acupressure jets, and a range of beauty treatments available such as geothermal mud-mask body wraps.
The fiery volcanic activity at work deep underground has turned this area of native bush into an active geothermal field which is in a constant state of change. Boardwalks have been created to guide you safely around the area as sulphurous steam fills the air around you. The name says it all!