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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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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The whole area around Taupo is full of volcanic activity, and it's amazing driving along a highway where there is steam coming out of the ground on the side of the road. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The whole area around Taupo is full of volcanic activity, and it's amazing driving along a highway where there is steam coming out of the ground on the side of the road. We were there on a day when it was four seasons in one day, so we felt we were lucky to see the park in various shades of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I know, it's not fair so here is my disclaimer: thermal pools just aren't my thing (and I've seen lots), we were in a rush at the time, and I would rather be in pristine nature than on a boardwalk. My initial impression was that it was a bit touristy; you walk right into the gift shop and are bombarded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We got there when the park first opened so had time to look around while it was still foggy, it was a very different atmosphere to later in the morning when the fog had lifted and more people were there. In between we went to see the lady Knox geyser which was very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

was there twice already and wanna go back again. great story, great location between rotorua and taupo! was there twice already and wanna go back again. great story, great location between rotorua and taupo!

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The walk around Waiotapu was great. Lots to see. We were totally blown away by the mud pools. I have never seen or been impressed by how spectacular these were.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

this was a very cool place some many wonders and so many smells hahaha but all in all very different things to look at and very amazing colours, loved the champagne pool and devils bath were amazing colours there.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved the many attractions this place has, great information on each and every aspect it has and the staff and tour guide were very helpful Cheers

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This attraction was superb. It was well mapped and as a large group with school boys, we were welcomed with an interesting talk discussing the geothermal processes at Wai-O-Tapu. This was a great attraction as it was brilliant to see volcanic activity on such a scale in person.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

An interesting place to visit; there is plenty to see that is hard to come across anywhere else in the country. Be extra-careful around any water there, though.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Was a very good scenic walk where you can see the nature of Rotorua, was perfect to take nice photos of New Zealands nature.

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