Proceed to Taupo, which boasts the largest lake in New Zealand as the foreground to snow capped mountains and windswept landscapes. Visit Wairakei Terraces, a cultural and geothermal experience in the heart of New Zealand’s biggest volcanic zone. Wairakei Terraces offers you a look back in time to the thermal wonderland, incorporating over 20 features of cultural and geothermal features: soothing foot baths, waterfalls, blue pools and geysers, silica terraces, Maori carvings, carving house and meeting house within a Marae.
You will be welcomed to experience the very cornerstone of Maori custom and culture. A personally guided geothermal tour shows you one of the world’s most extraordinary engineering feats, the generation of electricity using local geothermal energy. Enjoy lunch in the café, followed by a brief stop at Lake Taupo to soak in the view. If there is time, view the tremendous Huka Falls enroute to Tauranga via Tirau, Matamata and the Kaimai Ranges.
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