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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

201 Wai-O-Tapu Loop Road RD3 | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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Ranked #4 of 33 Attractions in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip...
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I was told that this is one of the places not to miss when you go to Rotura. As a photographer, i had seen many pictures of the mud pools and the sulphur lakes. However what i could not plan for was the weather. Although it was raining hard, walking around the park taking in the beauty of nature is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There is nothing as awesome as to watch Nature steaming and grunting, in its creative mode. This geothermal walk proved the ever changing nature and it's awesomeness. You can do a 30 minute walk or walk for an hour or three. The names given to craters are apt, right up to the latest one called "thunder crater" that booms and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We did all the walks and it was well worth it. It is a beautiful and well kept park. We had lovely weather which of course help :) the smell is not bad.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

But found the early morning trek to see the geezer was truly disappointing it was more like a forced childrens school experiment .....the site is colourful and a picture but there are better I'm sure....also not cheap!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Wai-o-Tapu is absolutely beautiful, but extremely smelly. Advice is to get there early, because you need to park and pay at the counter, then drive to Lady Knox to see her "erupt" at 10.15am, after this then you need to drive and park back at the counter to enter into the thermal wonders. It gets pretty hot and humid in... More 

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

Thank You for your review, I am pleased to read that you found Wai-O-Tapu very beautiful. Great advice about removing jewellery that will tarnish (especially silver) as its reaction with the sulphur will make this occur. If you do forget silver cleaner will bring anything back to how it should look. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Although (for your own safety) you cannot go "up-front' but the 'walk through' is definitely a window to something unique....you would be advised though to slather on the sunscreen, especially if it is as hot a day as the one that I visited...and oh yes, if you can bear the pungent offensive smell of sulphur:)

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

I am glad to read that you found Wai-O-Tapu a unique place to visit. Great advice about wearing sunscreen, there is not much shade in places so it is essential on sunny days. Enjoy your travels =) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of our recent tour of New Zealand was the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland. I must have taken 200 photos. This was my inspiration for visiting New Zealand and it was everything I had hoped it would be. The colours are awesome. There are three stages of walking tracks with the third include a mix of walking tracking... More 

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

Hi Thank you for your huge compliment, we take great pleasure in reading that this was one of your favourite places visited in New Zealand and it lived up to what you hoped it would be. Many Thanks More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

It may be a wee overpriced but it was worth it! There are many geysers everywhere, mud is bubbling and it's super hot. The champagne pool, the biggest of them all, was incredible, there was so much steam coming out and the colours were fab! Then there was a devil's pool. It was neon yellow! How cool is that.

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

It appears that you had a fantastic experience at Wai-O-Tapu for which I am so glad to read. There certainly is a lot of variety between geothermal features. The Devils Bath in all its neon glory is also one of my favourites features. =) Enjoy your travels =) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

A very interesting concentrate of geothermal wonders approachable through an easy to moderate stroll around the park. The walk can be less than an hour but you will probably take more time to appreciate and probably to photograph most of the sites. You will enjoy pools of diversely coloured liquids and mud, made alive by geo-thermal activity, and it's quite... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am pleased to ready that you had a great experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. It is great to see you enjoyed the diversity of the geothermal features and did not find the sulphur smell overwhelming. =) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Our hosts at the campervan park recommended Wai O Tapu. We visited with my 76 year old mother and our 3 children, aged 3,6,12. We did almost the full walk, and managed to bring our stroller/pram/pushchair for our youngest, although she was happy to walk around also. Had to carry it up some stairs a few times but managed okay.... More 

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

First of all thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed response it is much appreciated. I am glad to read that all members of your family enjoyed their experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Great advice about visiting the mudpool after the geyser to avoid the crowd at this time. I am sorry to read that you... More 

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