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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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$111*
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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Ranked #4 of 34 Attractions 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Felt this was overpriced! The geezer or Geyser as it's known here is set off with soap, now if you haven't seen one before then you'll probably enjoy the show. The thermal pools were interesting, and quite educational for children. I would recommend you save your money and look for places with natural geysers

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

As I approached the area I wondered what there was to see as it is situated within a large forested area and the trees hide much from view. However once you enter the park you find a number of fascinating geological features which provide an insight to the processes which have shaped, and continue to shape, our planet for billions... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It worths a good walking, maybe it could be better with a sunny day and not a cloudy one like mine, but anyway amazing colours especially for the Devil Pool (yellow lake).

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Hot and worth all the stress of it. In a geyser spout, an excellent tour. Would go back there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Had a great time here but will only take an hour of your time but worth going it was mind blowing to see the thermals go off worth a picture or two

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we did not have enough time to do all 3 walks. What we saw on the first walk was truly amazing. But be warned it's very smelly....but the colored ponds SO worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This place was amazing, the colour in the water was beautiful! It was such a stinking hot day though and there is limited shade to hide from the sun. Take a sun umbrella & water!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We brought the children to Taupo to see the thermal springs and volcanic activity. We could not have been more impressed with Wai-O-Tapu. Around every corner was something amazing and impressive, we found ourselves saying "Oh wow!" the whole way around. We also saw Lady Knox Geyser and the mud pool (short drive from the park) which were both stunning.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Went here in time for the Lady Know Geyser to blow. We wondered how it always blew at a set time, and found out that it was assisted by the addition of some detergent! After that, we walked around the thermal pools area. Spent ages there. The pools are totally amazing and very beautiful. The sulphur smell can be off-putting,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I visited the park with my family and everyone enjoyed it. The tracks are easy with good directions and beautiful locations. I really like this track and I think this is a must in NZ.

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

Thank you for your review it is much appreciated =) Have a great holiday =) More 

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