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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” (507 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 582 reviews
"champagne pool"
in 507 reviews
"wai o tapu"
in 669 reviews
"mud pools"
in 594 reviews
"amazing colours"
in 95 reviews
"artist's palette"
in 69 reviews
"main park"
in 66 reviews
"geyser eruption"
in 84 reviews
"thermal area"
in 158 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 225 reviews
"natural wonder"
in 67 reviews
"mother nature"
in 70 reviews
"short drive"
in 74 reviews
"take your time"
in 61 reviews
"boiling mud"
in 90 reviews
"geothermal features"
in 66 reviews
"own pace"
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Reviewed yesterday

easy walk through various pools, lots of colour and steam but the mud pools outside the complex the best

Thank judy644
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We attended this location and nearly brought tickets to everything - it is quite poorly signed. We only wanted to purchase tickets to see Lady Knox geyser, which is a short drive from this location. The geyser itself is manipulated to erupt each day which...More

Thank Jess D
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are visiting the thermal wonders of the Rotorua area, this thermal wonderland ticks all the boxes. Boiling mud, spurting geysers, steaming terraces, bubbling lakes, and so much more. The rainy day was unfortunate and dampened the spirits a little but it was still...More

Thank John T
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This attraction is quite popular, and parking is problematic. Loop walk is about two miles long. Smell of sulfur is strong. Much like Yellowstone in a condensed fashion. Worth the trip

Thank Phil S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Think about New Zealand and one of the images is volcanic. Wai-O-Tapu is one of the places to visit to bring that image to life. They advise 45 minutes as the walk-around time, but if you do it that quickly, then you really are missing...More

Thank Roger E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We specifically went here to see the lakes, decided to check out Lady Knox geyser while we were there. Bit inconvenient having to go back to the car, drive to the geyser, find a park, drive back, find another park, but it's not a deal...More

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While you can see thermal activity in many other areas around Rotorua, this is really a sight. The diverse geothermal activity is really breathtaking, and a nice walk around for an hour or two. It is unfortunate that the cost of entry is so high...More

Thank Tor W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

lovely geysers and location. ticketing staff are not very friendly and don't provide much of an explanation or recommendation and what should be done or what you can expect to experience. The art/crafts village and the geysers and mud pools are certainly worth a visit...More

Thank Maninder Jit B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wai-o-Tapu thermal was recommended to us as we had such a limited time in Rotorua and we were so glad we followed the suggestion. It is about 30 mins south of Rotorua on the Taupo road in a very beautiful natural bush setting. We saw...More

Thank LouCFSydney
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a guided tour which is really a must. To get the full picture and story a guide will provide anecdotal information to make the visit more enjoyable. The acidic pools of bright blue and yellow, the colors of the deposits and the...More

Thank BoaterTony
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janet69saffron
2 April 2018|
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Response from Belinda C | Reviewed this property |
Same time Remember you have to go by car there and then drive back to the parking lot it can get very busy and takes time.
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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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Olga Y
21 February 2018|
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Response from BmmrBabe | Reviewed this property |
Please ignore previous answer. I was thinking of another place. Sorry! I asked Tripadvisor to remove the answer.
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