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Waimangu Cauldron

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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Number 1 Thermal Attraction

Why isn't this place number 1 attraction in Rotorua as it is absolutely breathtaking and there is way more to see than Wai-O-Tapu. The tropical path you walk down and steam... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
PatMcKenzie
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Regina, Canada
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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Why isn't this place number 1 attraction in Rotorua as it is absolutely breathtaking and there is way more to see than Wai-O-Tapu. The tropical path you walk down and steam coming out naturally everywhere is incredible. So many different coloured pools and lush ferns everywhere, it really is like walking into Jurassic Park. Plan to spend at least three... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Helpful staff. We braved the rain but still impressed with the thermal wonderland. Need mild to moderate fitness . Great to have a shuttle bus to return you to the beginning

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The park walk is arranged in one direction from the visitors centre to the lake and is helpfully supported by a bus service that will pick you up at one of 3 bus stops depending how far you wish to walk. We walked to the far end - it is probably the easiest walk of any of these parks as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While walking down the valley one expects to see pterodactyls in the sky and dinosaurs browsing the foliage. Steam rises out of mountain sides that seem drawn from Chinese paintings. We have visited both Waiotapu and Waimangu twice, and both times we were impressed by the former but loved the latter. Waiotapu is flashier, faster to visit, more intense, and... More 

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Werribee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit. Amazing photos obtained from this place. Quite a bit of walking if you want to get to lake, but mostly flat. Totally different things to see that Wai-o-tapu. If you have the time, do both and allow a whole day here

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Simpsonville, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will see lots of amazing geothermal sights on the walk. There is a fairly difficult extra walk you can do but we did it and didn't see anything special. The boat ride cost more and did not impress.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a natural reserve - geotermic rain forest. A 4 km walk ( about 2 hrs) through a forest with hot springs. Recommend that you then take the 45 minutes boatride on the old vulcanic lake and take bus back the 4 km. A well arranged path with good informatin

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a few hours at the Waimangu Cauldron. It is a very easy walk on nicely groomed pathways. Being a Monday we were not overrun with hordes of people. The walk is available in 3 lengths and you pay accordingly plus their is a boat ride that is extra. The facilities are nice and there is a lovely cafe... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is great that the walk is nearly all downhill making it a relaxing walk despite the length. The length of the walk makes it peaceful and not over packed with people. There are a great diversity of sights along the way and the steam swirling across the waters are very beautiful. The shuttle bus once you reach the bottom... More 

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Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable walk. Map of walk was well set out and gave good explanations of various sites to be looked at. Return bus trip available from three points along the track. Nice café for and end of tour rest/drink etc.

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