Unearth and explore natural attractions on the geothermal explorer, state highway (SH) five between Rotorua and Taupo.The journey is picturesque with rolling hills and farmland interspersed with several major visitor destinations on the route. The thermal explorer between Auckland and Napier highlights this sector where the rock stars are the steaming, bubbling and spurting geysers, mud pools and boiling water. From either Rotorua or Taupo what to do nearby must include a cruisey drive along SH5 checking out the action and adventure. The 80km stretch of road is well travelled with considerable traffic between the two tourist destinations. There are eight great places to pull over and enjoy.