Devil's Bath Surreal Experience

Tour Summary

Experience a land where myth and legend come to life, where the earth boils, mud heals, and steam disappears into the clouds above with the town of Taupo that sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake, and the activities available in the area are as diverse as the landscape itself.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with opportunity for photo stops

  • Explore the incredible Lady Knox geyser eruption with heights of 10 to 20 metres

  • Explore the amazing Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland geothermal walk including the truly fascinating champagne pool

  • Discover surreal beauty and dramatic geothermal landscapes

  • Huka falls

  • Rock carving boat cruise at Lake Taupō

  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate

  • Comfortable seating both inside and out

Tour Inclusion

  • Guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Entry to self-guided experience at Wai-o–Tapu thermal wonderland

  • Entrance to Lady Knox Geyser

  • Entry to fully guided 2.5 hour boat cruise

Tour Description

The drive from Auckland to Rotorua is a very common North Island route planned into New Zealand Itineraries for visitors exploring by road. The travel time for directly driving from Auckland to Rotorua takes about 3 hours. While driving from Auckland to Rotorua takes a few hours, the trip will fly by with these awesome stop-offs - plus the drive from Auckland to Rotorua is also filled with amazing scenery!

A short drive approximately 20 minutes south of Rotorua, will bring you to the park, which is considered to be one of New Zealand's most diverse geothermal attractions. Discover an area which has been sculptured by geothermal activity over thousands of years, and see unique volcanic features, geysers and more! 

Named “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" by TripAdvisor, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area. Thousands of years in the making, this stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting through which self-guided walks take between 30 and 75 minutes.  The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes huge volcanic craters formed by collapsing ground, steaming vents, sinter terrace formations, coloured hot and cold water springs among which is the world famous Champagne Pool. 

Presented daily at 10.15am is the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and ever active is the nearby “Mud Pool” where bubbling mud is always evident.  Finish off your experience with a trip to the Mud Pool. A visit to Wai-O-Tapu isn't complete without it! The Mud Pool is located at the site of a large mud volcano that was destroyed by erosion in the 1920's. You'll discover why Rotorua is nicknamed "Sulphur City" here... the pungent smell is due to dense sulphur deposits from the region's hot bubbling mud pools.

You might want to hold your nose! Throughout your visit, you can relax in the large onsite cafe for lunch (at your expense) or enjoy a spot of shopping in the retail centre. Marvel at the breath-taking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, as you drive from the south of Auckland located in the centre of New Zealand’s north island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. . A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world.There’s never a shortage of things to do in Taupō making it one of the best holiday destinations in New Zealand.


Just in 10 minutes’ drive from  Taupō town centre, along a beautiful forest-clad road that passes the world-famous luxury resort, you’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see them – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato river below. This incredible waterfall is the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand – it’s hard to tear your gaze away from the endless, mesmerising torrent.

A popular attraction is the Māori rock carvings on the cliffs of Mine Bay. These can only be accessed by water so lake cruises are a great way to explore them. Towering 14 metres above the waters of Lake Taupō, the Māori rock carvings have become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north island of New Zealand. If you want to sit back, relax, and explore the lake, going on one of our Taupō Māori Rock Carvings Lake Cruises is the best way to experience the best of Lake Māori. Cruise to the popular Māori Rock carvings while enjoying the inspiring scenery that unfolds around you. Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the area from the skipper and informative commentary.


Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.


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+64 21 026 60993

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