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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Address: 201 Wai-O-Tapu Loop Road RD3 | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-366 6333
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$112*
and up
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
92%
Ranked #2 of 66 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip...
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Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
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.
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Miri, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Since geyser is rare in my country, visiting this place is worth the time! We came early to catch the Lady Knox. Lady Knox was so accurate that she made us laughed. The best part of all was one may not rush upon reaching location. Take your sweet time enjoying the colourful scenery and praise the God for such beautiful... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Very pleasantly surprised lots to see but if you walk all the park be prepared for a trek over uneven ground. And lots of steps. Obviously smells of sulphur and amazing colours very enjoyable morning

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I am not sure what I was expecting when we arrived but by the end of the walk around I was happy we came. You are guided on a route trhough three areas. At first you see a few fumaroles and collapsed areas with a bit if steam coming out. I found these a bit of a non event. Further... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The place is breathtaking (in any kind of sence) ! There are so many interesting things to see. The only thing is, that you'll smell as cooking eggs - constantly! I tryed to smile on the pictures, but...take a big breath first :D

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WTW3073, Guest Relations Manager at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, responded to this review

Hi there, Wai-O-Tapu is definitely an experience for all your senses, especially smell, which we feel adds to the unique beauty of the place. Many thanks for your review and your visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland =) More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Normally we recoil from overtly commercial ventures like Wai-O-Tapu, but my husband and I were surprised by just how much we enjoyed this place. Best part was that you could walk through the area at your own pace. You could linger at sights that interested you for as long as you wanted and although there were hordes of other visitors... More 

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WTW3073, Guest Relations Manager at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, responded to this review

Hi there, Many thanks for your review it is much appreciated. I am so glad to read that you enjoyed your experience at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Safe travels =) More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

They have the best of geothermal activity/pools and etc! Alredy visit them twice ! And of course the second is for the recomendation to friends ! Go and you wont regret it ! Something new too see when ur hometown doesnt have those thermal activity !

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. There are SO many thermal pools and parks and activities in the area - it was all a bit overwhelming. We picked this one, and were really happy with the experience. The park is very well-maintained, and the sights range from "pretty cool" to "totally spectacular." We enjoyed exploring at our own pace,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit - we were pushed for time so only did the short walk and missed the Gyser, hence comment on value - but the landscape and the colours are spectacular - also the mud pools (free) are really weird to look at Definitely worth the visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It was interesting, but not Yellowstone. Maybe our expectat were too high. It was a good walk, and we found the source of the sulfur smell Rotorua is known for.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was a beautiful park and worth the money. The colours were beautiful especially the champagne pool which is the one that is advertised - not a disappointment. It was however extremely busy which made my walk slightly rushed and certainly tainted my experience. Bring a picnic though as the cafe is extremely over-priced. $4.50 for a bottle of water?!... More 

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