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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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201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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Reviewed yesterday

Volcanic activity, geisers, the smells colours and siunds are always exciting. So is this one. The walking track is well made, and easily accessible. Well worth its money.

Thank 364Jaap_v
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I visited here and had a great experience. It is a bit strange that the geysir is set off so feels unnatural but I guess the advantage is that you are guaranteed to see it. We have been to Iceland and this...More

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the morning to see the geyser (10:15). Get there before that for a decent seat. Worth it if like us you haven’t seen one before. Otherwise I would skip that. Then you have to drive a short distance back to main area...More

Thank Malcolm M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is something you can’t get around if you are visiting in the neighborhood. It is a real tourist attraction, but that doesn’t have to be bad by definition. Arrive as early as possible to avoid the big buses with tourists. Other than that the...More

Thank Chermene
Reviewed 2 days ago

Of the geothermal pools/locations we visited, this was by far the best. Beautiful pools and nice walking trails. The area is well maintained and has nice visitor center.

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Pleasant after noon wandering aroung the Park. Okay place to visit. My friends spent up large in the shop. We also visited the mud pools down the road which are free a worth the visit.

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went with my husband for a few hours and followed all three loops in order. There are a lot of neat things to see, but its not as impressive as Yellowstone.

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 3 days ago

This thermal activity centre had 3 detailed walking tracks around this natural wonder. Although an experience to encounter it was a bit expensive to see. The Lady Knox Geyser was induced to spout which was disappointing as many years ago it was a wonder to...More

Thank Kaskearney
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this evening of culture. Dancing, crafts and Hangi. You wont be dissappointed. Bring a jacket though as some activities are outdoors.

Thank BlueKazandMegan
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a great day out in this Wonderland albeit the rain. Nothing could stop us from taking photos and admiring the different pools and craters. Will take at least 2-3 hours for a long trek but we chose the shortest route.

Thank Taipei101
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26 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
4 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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25 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