Kayak, hot springs and geothermal walk

Kayaking through geothermal features along the Waikato River, stoping for a warm shower and soak under a natural hot springs waterfall (optional) and wandering through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park is without a doubt the best way to experience the spectacular scenery and the geothermal wonders of New Zealand.

From our base in Acacia Bay, we will drive ½ an hour north to Tutukau Bridge where we will begin our kayak adventure. As we meander down the glassy waters of the gorge, you will get to explore the warmth of the thermal springs flowing out of the river underneath you and see interesting geothermal activity along the way. Watch out for mini geysers, mud pools and look out for the steam beds as we approach every corner through the gorge.

We will be stoping at a hot springs waterfall where you will have the option of bathing under its warm waters. There is a surprise hidden gem near the hot springs that we will share with you too!

While taking in the beautiful scenery of willow forests, water meadows, clusters of water lilies and waterfalls towards the sides, you will also get to kayak pass ducks, geese, swans, shags, tuis and other water birds. If we are lucky, you may even see an eagle fly past overhead.

You know when you are nearing Orakei Korako as the geothermal steam will be quite visible. If the timing is right, you might even see the main geyser go off (water bursting out of the rocks) from your kayaks. The surrounding waters are quite warm, keeping your butt and legs nice and toasty.

We will take a short break for refreshments before exploring Orakei Korako Geothermal Park. Take your time to walk around the hidden valley which features a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools and a hidden cave.

Your transport will then be waiting for you to take you back to base.

No experience is necessary as all our trips are guided and full instructions are given. Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult in our kayaks.

Allow approximately 5 – 5.5 hours (1-1.5 hour on water), and 1- 1.5 hours geothermal walk)