Geothermal hot pools Located in the tranquil geothermal village of Tokaanu, the area offers hot mineral springs for you to indulge in a relaxing therapeutic soak. Rainbow Motel is unique in that our mineral water comes from a naturally occurring hot spring on-site. Your private hot pool water comes straight from the ground. Pools range in temperature from 28-42° Celsius - perfect for soothing away aches and pains or for just unwinding. Walk just five minutes down the road to explore the 15-20 minute thermal bush walk of bubbling mud and silica springs for free.
Trout Fishing the Tongariro The world famous Tongariro River and Lake Taupo are three minutes away. Lake Rotoaira
and the trophy Lake Otemangakau are all within an easy 20-minute drive.
Boating and rafting Access to Lake Taupo is hassle-free with twin launching ramps at the Tokaanu marina three minutes down the road. The half-day Tongariro River journey is one of the best rafting adventures in New Zealand. The rapids are Grade Three, which make it an ideal adventure for expert or first-time rafters alike.
Lord of the Rings Mt Doom sights Visit Middle Earth. In Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Orodruin was represented by two active volcanoes in New Zealand: Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu. In long shots the mountain is either a large model or a CGI effect, or a combination. It was not permitted to film the summit of Ngauruhoe because Maori hold it sacred.
However, some scenes on the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on the slopes of Ruapehu.
Skiing, snowboarding and playing in the snow
One of the closest places to stay for Whakapapa, the country's largest ski field. It's only 30 minutes drive away. You're also one hour's drive from Turoa ski field.
The Chateau Tongariro is a Category One Historic Building with bars and restaurants in keeping with this icon’s old-world ambience. Visiting the Chateau Tongariro today is like stepping back into 1930’s elegance and luxury complete with grand chandeliers. Take in breathtaking mountain views from the grand arched Ngauruhoe Window or relax beside an open fire in the Ruapehu Lounge just 30 minutes drive from Rainbow Motel.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The best one-day walk in New Zealand.Taking between seven and eight hours to complete, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 17-kilometre track going from one side of our Dual World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to the other.The views at the top are awesome. On a fine day, you can see Lake Taupo and even Taranaki 40 kilometres away. As you cross the saddle between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe you'll see lava flows, springs, steam vents, volcanic craters, emerald-coloured lakes, tussock slopes and, on the descent, hardwood forests rich in bird life. Although it's not a difficult walk, one section is pretty strenuous and it's very important to take protection for all weathers.
Bring your golf clubs or hire on the day. It's five minutes to an excellent 18-hole golf course at the Turangi Golf Club.
Cycling and Mountain Biking 42 Traverse: starting at Kapoors Road, Taurewa on Highway 47, the trail is around 46 kilometres long with an overall descent of 570 metres. It takes four to seven hours to complete depending on fitness and experience. The ground varies from gravel to mud. For around 60 per cent of the time you'll be on 4WD tracks. A must do for mountain bikers
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge began in 1977 and it is now one of New Zealand's most popular sporting events. Rainbow Motel is on the Waihi Hill section of the course (State Highway 41) and a great location for participants and supporters--book early!
Bush walks and trails for people of all ages and abilities
Cultural sites including Rotoaira, home of the famous 'haka' of the All Blacks rugby team