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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“champagne pool” (485 reviews)
“wai o tapu” (669 reviews)
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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 562 reviews
"champagne pool"
in 485 reviews
"wai o tapu"
in 669 reviews
"mud pools"
in 567 reviews
"amazing colours"
in 91 reviews
"artist's palette"
in 66 reviews
"geyser eruption"
in 82 reviews
"thermal area"
in 157 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 218 reviews
"natural wonders"
in 75 reviews
"mother nature"
in 73 reviews
"short drive"
in 71 reviews
"boiling mud"
in 102 reviews
"take your time"
in 58 reviews
"geothermal features"
in 63 reviews
"own pace"
in 59 reviews
"sulphur smell"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An Amazing well managed geo thermal park, colours of the pools were exceptional but it gets extremely busy. In the morning when the geyser is erupted there are many visitors who then all go to visit the thermal lakes so you may wish to visit...More

Thank travellersruislip
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Reviewed yesterday

It was amazing to see the different water colours, the craters and hot springs. It was a nice day for the walking trails. We did miss the geyser, but managed to see one elsewhere.

Thank annetteg396
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great variety of thermal features including huge range of colours like no other places visited in Rotorua area.

Thank Lance H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Something like $45 each only to see a few bubbling pools but the main big geyser is gated off and that’s a different entrance and another fee. Just go to that main geyser if you must but the village is a con. Talk about the...More

Thank Essexboy10
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Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic area with easy walking footpaths and multi-coloured thermal pools and geysers. As a first time visitor to New Zealand and an amateur photographer, Wai-o-tapu was an amazingly breathtaking place to visit and photograph, look out for The Artist's Palette, my particular favourite. We went...More

1  Thank Mandi C
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Reviewed yesterday

Worth the stop. Really nice. If you have an hour and a half, do the entire loop of Walks 1, 2, and 3 for a distance of 3 km. #25 Devil’s Bath was the most intense lime green pool and probably one of the highlights...More

1  Thank LibbyH1
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Tried to visit here yesterday. Utter chaos. Insufficient parking with cars parked blocking entry and exit. Finally managed to get out. Don't bother if you value your time.

Thank oliversarmy999
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Reviewed yesterday

It was not my thing to be fair, it smelt like rotten eggs and was not worth the money you have to pay to see a natural thing on earth.

Thank Sharron C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

As a kiwi returning back home, I'd always wanted to go here. It's worth every penny. Make sure you spend the time to do the walks as you'll see some of the other stuff off the beaten track like a hot water fall.

Thank Vanessa D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This attraction is not worth taking up your time or money to visit unless you want to see 12 of the same craters just different shapes. The only thing that was amazing was the hot water pool called Champagne Pool that has beautiful ochre-colours. Temperature...More

Thank Kerri H
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Ingrid J
1 January 2018|
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Response from 2Adults1C | Reviewed this property |
The great thing is that you don't need to decide at the start, there are 3 loops so you do the first loop to the Champagne Pool and see how you feel, then do the second loop to the Bridal Veil and do another check. The first... More
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Diamonddog
22 December 2017|
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Response from Boof55 | Reviewed this property |
not sure, however the roads in NZ are quite winding and I always allowed extra driving time between attractions
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