• Maori Warrior – Rotorua
  • Cruising on Lake Taupo
  • Pohutu Guyser – Rotorua
  • Surfer catching a wave, Raglan – Waikato
  • Art Deco Napier – Hawke’s Bay

Thermal Explorer Highway

Thermal Explorer Highway Ruapehu, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton & Waikato.

The region is abundant with crystal clear lakes and streams, natural spas, skifields, geothermal activity, Maori culture and wineries. It’s an enticing combination of unusual, captivating landscapes.

The Thermal Explorer Highway runs from Hawke’s Bay through the centre of the North Island into areas Lake Taupo, Ruapehu, Rotorua and Hamilton & Waikato, before continuing up to Auckland.

The Thermal Explorer Highway is well sign posted along the entire route which allows for safe navigation through some of the most dramatic landscapes of the Central North Island. See a myriad of crystal clear lakes, the spiritual home of the Maori of Te Arawa, and experience nature’s awesome earth forces- bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and natural geothermal mineral pools alongside the life and pastimes of the Maori.

Travellers will have the opportunity to experience just about every adrenalin adventure you could want on air, land and water. An ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos are a must do for those looking for natural wonders and unique adventure experiences. But if it’s the sedate life you are after, the Thermal Explorer Highway is also the perfect place to take it easy, with magical hot springs to relax in and local cafes to enjoy.