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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were told by others that this was a highlight of their trip and it certainly was for us as well. The colours are amazing. We did the full walk, about an hour and a half and it was well worth it. The scenery is...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is truly a wonderland. It's hard to believe there are places like this. An utterly compelling, fascinating park with vivid colours and sulphourous smells, lakes and geysers, mudpools and forests. The loop is an absolutely stunning walk. You see mud pools bubbling away by...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed yesterday

It was amazing to see the different colors in the water. Timing is important if you want to see the Lady Knox geyser.

Thank Blue64TrinidadWI
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was nice and fun to see, but I don't think it's something you "have to see". There are other places where you can see the geothermal activity for free, but I wont say it's a waste of money.

Thank Sofia G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Rather hot day so lather on your sun screen if u r going now in summer. Did the entire walk and saw interesting geothermal lakes and pools. Good to spend a few hours and the smell wasn't that off-putting.

Thank bygrace1
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is simply magical. My husband and i were just flabbergasted by the raw natural beauty that we had no idea existed. we truly inhabit a wonderous world so dont miss out on this beautiful slice of our amazing world

Thank neilwendyvicario
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The scenery is fantastic and the Champagne pool is amazing. Water is so clear and bubbles, like champagne. If you want to see the Lady Knox geyser, then you need to be there at 10:15 am. Not sure how they control the time but interesting...More

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place had wonderful views of mid Earth Productions! The geothermal outlines of the volcanic activity underneath the Earth's surface are incredibly interesting and really beautiful on the surface. Definitely worth going to see

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I spent 2 hours at the park as part of a cruise tour. I had been there before and was looking forward to seeing the place again. It was a warm day and lots of walking to do which I don’t mind. I went with...More

Thank Mandn157
Reviewed 3 days ago

We did not expect the variety of thermal features or vast area. The path is laid out well and features are identified. The visitor center is the last place for a WC (bathroom) and there are no services in the park itself (past visitor center....More

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25 August 2017|
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Response from Bernard T | Reviewed this property |
There are family tickets but you need transport to get there from Rotarua - either hire car or taxi. There are 3 levels of walks from short with no steps to longer with several small climbs. There are no rails to prevent... More
3 August 2017|
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Response from Jack G | Reviewed this property |
u can just turn up. i recommend that u get those discount voucher when u reached auckland airport. usually they have this place at the airport. it can save u some money.
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24 June 2017|
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Response from TrevorRadburn | Reviewed this property |
Hey I don't think you will need to visit Wai-O-Tapu. If you want to go for a swim in a thermal, go to Kerosene Creek, it's free