2) Visit the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park
The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako is a geothermal wonderland accessible only by boat. If you want to wander amongst geysers, mud pools and hot pools that look like they've been tie-dyed all sorts of psychedelic colours - not to mention New Zealand's only geothermal cave and some stunning silica terraces - this is the place.
The visitor centre is a twenty-five-minute drive from Taupō. Alternatively, you can get there by shuttle, by jet boat, or even by floatplane!
Orakei Korako Thermal Park