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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“champagne pool” (497 reviews)
“wai o tapu” (666 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
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+64 7-366 6333
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"the lady knox geyser"
in 583 reviews
"champagne pool"
in 497 reviews
"wai o tapu"
in 666 reviews
"mud pools"
in 609 reviews
"amazing colours"
in 92 reviews
"artist's palette"
in 70 reviews
"main park"
in 72 reviews
"geyser eruption"
in 81 reviews
"thermal area"
in 159 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 225 reviews
"natural wonder"
in 65 reviews
"mother nature"
in 71 reviews
"short drive"
in 74 reviews
"boiling mud"
in 92 reviews
"take your time"
in 61 reviews
"geothermal features"
in 64 reviews
"own pace"
in 60 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the second time I visited this place (first time 5 years ago) but it was as impressive as before. The wonderful colors and bubbling and hissing pools are so amazing. If you stay at thermal park at Waikite Valley you can get a...More

Thank RuurdvanElburg
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We drove past the steaming pits a few days prior to visiting the area. We drove from the mount and it wasn’t a bad drive at all and thankfully they have a cafe to fulfil your coffee needs. We did the whole walk which was...More

Thank Cameron C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Learned a lot, and the walk was about 75 mins on the property, plus 30 mins for Lady Knox Geyser (make sure to arrive by 9:30am for tickets so you can see the geyser!) The colors and thermal sights to see were incredible and I...More

Thank McCune_Family
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best to go early as it gets quite busy but it was definitely worth the visit. The park is well kept at its natural state and it's an easy walk for the whole family.

Thank Ricardo C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We'd visited a few years ago as part of a larger tour, and this time went on our own. It's a fascinating walk around this active geothermal area, but to fully appreciate it (and get your money's worth), you should walk ALL the trails (something...More

Thank Holden236
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great place for lots of interesting photographs. The colors created by the different minerals are spectacular. Kind of wish we had more time to spend here. If you want to see the Lady Knox Geyser you have to drive to another parking...More

Thank Susan E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a cool rainy wet day and it was still worth it. The steam is more spectacular and the atmosphere is even more spooky. Stand upwind to get a view of the champagne pool edges. The full 3 walks are worth the extra effort...More

Thank chasandrach
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to look around, it was raining when we went but that didn't take away from it. Very unique area.

Thank kjmcrust
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Lady Knox geysir, thermal wonderland and the free mud pools. The geysir is impressive, but it feels a bit fake that they use washing powder to set it off at a certain time. Pohutu geysir at Te Puia follows its natural rhythm and...More

Thank Tauiwi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a clear, crisp winter day which made for even more steam, if that's possible! We were part of a guided tour that turned out to be "private" with just the two of us. Our guide was so interesting and provided a lot...More

1  Thank Brenda S
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TaschaLascha
13 July 2018|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
No, no one was in the pools and no indication that was an option.
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janet69saffron
2 April 2018|
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Response from reemslaw | Reviewed this property |
They add a special soap mix at 10:15am every day to ‘induce’ the geyser so this won’t change anymore than tv programs or train timetables etc.
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marshy1991
1 March 2018|
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Response from Raja V | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. But ensure he doesnt stray away from you
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