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Address: 201 Wai-O-Tapu Loop Road RD3 | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-366 6333
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Description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF...
"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.
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Wai-O-Tapu was great, easy to get to was about 35 minutes out of rotorua and don't forget to stop and the mud pools about 2 minutes drive from there. Be prepared for the sulfur... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Wai-O-Tapu was great, easy to get to was about 35 minutes out of rotorua and don't forget to stop and the mud pools about 2 minutes drive from there. Be prepared for the sulfur smell the hole time u are there. But to see this active part of the world it's worth it. we had a 3 year old and... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Haven't been here since I was a child and it was amazing. Lots of things to see, smell and marvel at. We had the added bonus of free entry being locals but well worth every dollar if I had to pay. You definitely need walking shoes as it takes a good 90 mins to walk the whole thermal park

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I always enjoy visiting Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. In my opinion, it's the best thermal attraction in Rotorua due to the diversity, colours, size of the reserve and natural bush. There are several great vistas as well as being able to get up close to the features. Make sure to visit the large mudpool nearby. Take a bath at "Secret Spot"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

It was a good walk through this park. We saw some amazing things. We had never seen this before and it was quite impressive. There was a bit of wind so we did not see well the champagne pool but it was fine. We recommend it !

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Tigard
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We visited based upon a recommendation from our motel owners. It was a great place. They gave us the tip to watch the geyser erupt, then visit the boiling mud, then go into the park (to avoid the rush). It was interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Superb...the only problem was the location is 20 mins south of rotorua town centre. But if you are approcahing from the south then PERFECT! we got there nice and early to see the guyser erupt. I have to say....nothing spectacular. If you choose to go then you will also encounter more crowds as people want to see it (as it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

It's a good walk around a more entertaining hot/mud pool area of Rotorua, although I found an entry fee a little high. I fit person can briskly walk around all three loops in an hour. It is also very accessible for elderly people with convenient steps and ramps. Basically, there are about three colorful pools and the rest are mud... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This place is nothing short of Nature's wondrous creation. I haven't come across so many geologically fascinating places so close to each other. Hats off to the Kiwis for maintaining the place in the way that it is. We took nearly 4 hours to go through each of its 25 spots and boy was it worth. Make sure to reach... More 

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Alexandria, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Rotorua is one of the most unique geothermal areas in the world, why not take the opportunity to visit parks where that is on full display? Wai-O-Tapu offers a beautiful landscape, self-guided tour where you'll see some of natures most amazing creations. The sulphur pools and the famous Champagne Lake are really neat. Worth the time.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We spent 3 hour in here! Personally I don't find the Lady Knox geyser very impressive though. New Zealand is known for its natural beauty, but this geothermal park accentuates it with its unusual geothermal topography.

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