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“Beautiful place ”

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Ranked #9 of 118 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: "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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Very nice lakes and views.
We spent like 3 hours walking and taking photos.
We went and parked in the parking in the
entrance of the park. As we had bought the tickets online they told us we could go direct to see the Geyser Lady Knox that is 2km far so have to go by car. So is a good tip to save you time to go direct to the parking of the geyser if you have your tickets already.

Thank Daani17
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Need to get there BEFORE 9:30 to buy tickets. Allow at least 4 hours. Walk is very easy and the view is incredible.
VERY strong Smell but worth the walk!
Please don’t buy anything on that coffee shop. They are slow and not friendly at all. It took them at least 35 minutes to make a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Coffee takes ages and they don’t seem to care you need to be in certain place at certain time to see the volcano.

Thank Naty M
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Went with my girlfriend to see the different geothermal wonders and mineral ponds. The experience is really cool with the boiling springs with steam coming from them as well as lakes with completely green water. You walk around the different tracks, we did all 3 tracks and it took us about an hour. There are several lookouts where you can get nice panoramic photos of the areas.

Everything is well thought out and the shortest track is easily accessible with a wheelchair or stroller. But be prepared for the characteristic smell of rotten egg which is spread by some of the vapors.

The only letdown was the price, 65$ for 2 people, they have merely taken a piece of land with the geothermal activity on it and then proceeded to build walking tracks around it. In my opinion there is no way to justify the high ticket prices.

Also, on your way to/from Wai-O-Tapu, make sure you follow the signs towards the mud pools. This is an awesome experience as well with bubbling mud that splashes all over. It is away from the thermal wonderland and it is free to see.

Thank andersjhansson
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place. So much colour. It is a must visit spot, especially if you are doing only one geyser. Others don't have this much colour. I give four star because the entry fee if a bit high just got walking around.

Thank bkoustubh
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We had a quick visit - about an hour because we were booked into another tour elsewhere we had to get to. 1 hour was a bit quick for the price - you should leave at least 2.5 hours to see if properly. If you are sensitive to smells this may not be the best place for you as the vapours can be quite overpowering -so be prepared. Great for kids too but maybe older primary school age - there are some good explanations as you walk through. Don’t forget the mud pools either as your drive in our out. There is also a show at 10.30 we missed that is done daily. Plan your day to leave ample time to explore. The gift shop was quite good too.

Thank Rebekah F
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