Drive along the river.
There are a ton of cool hot spas and hot thermal parks in and around Lake Taupo, where you can acutally hang out and go swimming.
Our friend took us to a private hot spot (hah!) where they used to go years ago.
We were going for the rustic feel.
Plus… we needed to go somewhere that didn’t mind kids yelling and having fun.
It was so hot, when we got there there was a couple skinny dipping. But, we won’t show that here: