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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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Enjoyed our visit to Wai-O-Tapu.....The raw beauty ,colours and smells are as nature made it.....for only NZD 32.50 pp felt good value and a great stop off whilst travelling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our visit to Wai-O-Tapu.....The raw beauty ,colours and smells are as nature made it.....for only NZD 32.50 pp felt good value and a great stop off whilst travelling between Rotorua and Taupo or V.V.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

this geyser don't naturally go off 10.15am every day as implied. Some chap comes along with a bag of stuff (no idea what stuff), waffles on, chucks the stuff in the geyser hole and stands back, it spits and slutters and pongs, we felt very cheated. The lady in the ticket office was very nice and helpful

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to a few of the other thermal places over the years, but this was by far the best. It's a fair way out of town, but worth the extra effort. The formations are just brilliant and the colours are wild. Don't forget to check out the mud pool which is free to view on the Wai-o-Tapu loop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

we had a beautiful day exploring Wai o Tapu wonders. During the 1.15 h easy walk you can admire stunning craters, weird lake colors and be totally surprised of what mother nature can create. It worth a visit and the price is more than fair for what you get.

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

Hi there, I am glad that you enjoyed your experience and found it value for money. Mother nature certainly is very powerful and memorizing and the walk is definitely very calming. All the best for your travels From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was the second time I have visited this place, the last time was 6 years ago. The place is just as impressive as it used to be. Furthermore, if there is good weather the walk is very calming and you can leisurely stroll trough the park.

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I am pleased to see that you enjoyed your experience at Wai-O-Tapu. I am happy to read that your experience is as enjoyable as it was 6 years ago on your first visit. All the best From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was just like stepping back into prehistoric times! Quite a bit of walking but well worth it as there's so much to see & you're unlikely to find it anywhere else! Be prepared for that rotten egg smell & enjoy the natural beauty of the amazingly colourful pools, the bubbling mud, the geyser, the steam & the dinosaurs looming... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time out to write a review on your experience. You are right it does look like something the dinosaurs would have been walking around in. I am pleased to see you enjoyed it. From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland was a great place to explore, get there early as the park opens which will be quiet and unrushed.

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

Hi Paul Many thanks for your review it is much appreciated. I am glad to see that you enjoyed your experience. Safe travels From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Wai-O-Tapu is a seriously beautiful and interesting place. Well worth a visit. I love the whole volcanic thing! We did all 3 of the walks, the paths link up together. The first walk, the red path, is by far the best. If you are short on time stick to that one. The other 2 have some beautiful sights but they... More 

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

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time out to write a review it is much appreciated. It is great that you had the time to walk all 3 tracks in the park! Enjoy your travels From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

One of the best thermal park and stunning! A good workout for the legs with panoramic views and of course pungent aromas!

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

Hi Jackie Many thanks for your review, it is great to read that you enjoyed all aspects of your experience at Wai-O-Tapu. It certainly is amazing to see what mother nature can create. All the best for your travels From the team at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. More 

Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

We visited with our children, ages 5, 7, and 10. I wasn't sure what to expect but the whole family very much enjoyed it. We spent 4 hours there (including the geyser, coffee, and shopping). There was plenty to see and a diversity of sites. Such a unique and interesting area.

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

Hi there, I am so pleased your entire family enjoyed their time at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. It certainly is a great day out for the family. By spending 4 hours here you would have comfortably seen everything in the park at a relaxed pace with time for coffee and a spot of shopping as well. Safe Travels The team here... More 

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Address: 201 Wai-O-Tapu Loop Road RD3 | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-366 6333
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

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