Private Lake Tarawera Cruise and Hot Water Beach
One of the “best kept secrets” of the central North Island’s Taupō Volcanic Zone and geothermal region, pristine Lake Tarawera is home to gorgeous scenery and stunning secluded bays.
None is more romantic than “Hot Water Beach”, a section on the lake’s northern shores where natural thermal springs gently rise through the lake bed and warm the water. The effect of steam rising off the water and shrouding the cliffs lining the lake is truly magical. Given the seclusion and lack of crowds here, it’s a truly magical spot for a romantic swim, spa and/or picnic.
Take a private charter boat cruise across the lake to this spot, taking in the magnificent scenery or partaking in some fishing along the way. You can choose to return via the stunning Tarawera Trail, an easy walk through native bush with beautiful views over the lake and Mt. Tarawera. Another highlight is the short, picturesque walk to the spectacular Tarawera Falls, where water plunges 65 meters (213 ft) down a sheer cliff face and tumbles into rapids disappearing into the forest.