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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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USD 24.98*
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
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USD 119.14*
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua
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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” (430 reviews)
“wai o tapu” (608 reviews)
201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Really enjoyed walking around the thermal area. Lots of informative boards to read and lots to see. Get to the viewing area for the geyser early as it gets pretty busy.

Thank jahill128
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was not the best weather, but with the steam and the warmth from the ground, it wasn't cold, and the heavy rain stayed off until we were almost back inside....almost. Make the effort to walk all the tracks, I'm not the fittest person, and...More

Thank OscarPirate
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing sights and smells greet you around each corner with plenty of photo opportunities. Allow plenty of time and don't rush.

Thank Ken W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent experience, near Rotorua. Easy to get there. Easy to walk around. You can spend a wonderful day in a fantastic environment.

Thank Cristian R
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a stunningly awesome place this is. Full of all different types of activity from boiling mud, steaming and bubbling lakes, Sulphur caves and unusually colourful lakes. You are able to wander around all the sights right up close. but at a safe distance. Take...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were told by a few people to have a look at this place, We didn't get to the mud pool. I think it was a bit overpriced.

Thank jjjaa5
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited here for the morning during a recent tour. This was like walking around another world, I had never really seen anything like this before The devils inkpot is particularly impressive, although the whole park is worth seeing. We paid around $30 each for...More

Thank mark w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waiotapu Thermal area is part of Scenic Reserve administered by Department of Conservation and has the lasrgest area of surface thermal activity of any hydrothermal system in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Covering some 18 sq.km, with volcanic dome of Maungakakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) at its northen...More

1  Thank Cahyadi S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can see why this attraction is the number one activity in Rotorua. It really is amazing. I visited 15 years ago and was looking forward very much to revisiting this year. I was not disappointed! The park itself is spectacular, interesting and awe inspiring...More

Thank WaggaTraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here looking for coffee but having looked at the information we decided to buy tickets to enter ($58). We did the full circuits. Very strange and 'other'. We took lots of photos as it was rather hypnotic. It rained then a bit of...More

Thank Lavarcham
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Ho Y
25 June 2017|
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Response from 868malharm | Reviewed this property |
Wai-O-Tapu is pure geo-thermal and has different colours of slurry based on the material beneath. Te-Puia has geo-thermal as well as cultural program, museum, KIWI bird, etc. You can avoid Wai-O-Tapu if you are not very keen... More
25 April 2017|
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Response from Waiotapu | Property representative |
Yes it is - however not advisable due to costs. It may pay to look online at the Intercity Bus or other operators that come to us daily like Headfirst Tours and the like. A taxi is an expensive option.
Priyanka B
6 April 2017|
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Response from AmitChheda | Reviewed this property |
There is no guided tour. It's self walk only. You need to reach there before lady Knox geyser time. Keep minimum 2 hours to explore entire park at good comfortable walk. It's worth to spend 2 hours then to rush.