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“wai o tapu”(667 reviews)
"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...more
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201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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All reviews the lady knox geyser champagne pool wai o tapu mud pools amazing colours artist's palette main park geyser eruption thermal area geothermal activity natural wonder mother nature short drive boiling mud take your time geothermal features sulphur smell
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We started the morning by visiting the geyser, which is worth the $30 entry by itself. What a great experience. We then went for a walk through the park and we were amazed at all the different colours and patterns that the sulfur pools made....More

Thank Ben C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived early enough to buy tickets and get over to the Lady Know Geyser for her induced eruption. This usually happens at 10.15 am. The geyser is a short drive from where you purchase your tickets, so be sure to get there with enough...More

Thank Kane B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Felt unspoilt by the tourist industry. Has safety barriers but felt unspoilt. Got there at opening which allowed us to have a look round before getting to the Lady Knox geyser at 10:15 - would defo recommend getting there early as the queues for tickets...More

Thank emilyonthemove2018
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you on visit New Zealand North Island then Wai-O-Tapu is a must visit. The Thermal Springs are truly amazing and a true wonder of GOD.

Thank glexnet
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow...amazing. stunning doesn't cover it. Spectacular, mesmerizing, worth every penny . Pools look just as they do in the brochure.

Thank Bloomfield17
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited with our 2 young kids who loved it albeit a bit overwhelmed by the smell at times. Having said that there were parts where there was no smell at all. Us adults also thoroughly enjoyed it and were amazed by all of it....More

Thank _aewallace85
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was so good. Cost reasonable, you have a choice of different levels of time and shows. Lots of walking but non too hard. Clean bathrooms. Great coffee shop and gift shop. Took a tour the guide was lovely then got to back track at...More

Thank sawteygirl59
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must place to visit in NZ. Mother nature at its best! It was not very crowded when we went but the smell....

Thank Elvin B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must see spot for anyone visiting Rotorua, worth the short drive. This is a photographers heaven, with so many unique photo opportunities.

Thank FrequentFlier826018
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wai-O-Tapu is definitely worth a visit. I've been here twice now, and am constantly amazed by the thermal vents and multi coloured pools that are around the park. Definitely a wonderland

Thank Chris T
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13 July 2018|
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Response from Jane W | Reviewed this property |
When I was there, they were all blocked off from tourists. Pretty sure they're too dangerous to enter.
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.
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