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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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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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Natures wonder

for a very long time I wanted to see Wai-o-tapu, great place mind blowing..u need to visit and tick off your bucket list

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Colleen V
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

for a very long time I wanted to see Wai-o-tapu, great place mind blowing..u need to visit and tick off your bucket list

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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed walking around looking at all the different thermal wonders. The Lady Knox geyser was a bit of a disappointment. I understand why it is done the way it is but it would be better if it was left to nature.

Thank dgluch
Reading, England
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a swell place to visit. You do the walk first then go to their spa and try out all their different spa pools and also take a wonderful mud bath then go into the icy plunge pool/waterfall. Life seems perfect afterwards.

Thank MissMudpie
York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This attraction is just awesome, it must be seen to be believed. The beautiful champagne lake at the "artists pallet" (as picture shown) is incredible. You can spend at least a couple of hours walking around the thermal landscape. The "green lake" is so green you will think you are seeing things! Miss this at your peril

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A pretty fab place. Cray how it is all there, and hoe it's formed. Good pathways and information given. Needing to drive out to watch the geyser go off once a day, is a bit strange, but good. Must wear closed shoes.

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Gold Coast
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360 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visitor centre is very well kept and modern. The site is very well maintained and enables you to see lots of different thermal areas. I arrived just after opening and did most of the walks before I had to leave the park to see the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15 am. I would suggest leaving around 9.30 am to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stop by the boiling mud (a free spot worth a drive by if you're in the area and don't want to see all of it) on your way in or out. Many of the pools/active areas had low water when we visited, so some areas didn't have much going on. The colours of the champagne pool are amazing - great... More 

Thank amgersib
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The 10:15 geyser was such a disappointment. We waited until 10:25 before a guide showed up. The geyser only fired water up 3 meters high and didn't last for very long. The self guided park was decent. It kinda felt like it was the same over and over, not much wow factor. The big pool showed on most pictures are... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've been to thermal areas in the US and Iceland, yet found Wai-O-Tapo to be uniquely different! The walking trails are well laid out and provided opportunities to see a variety of geothermal features. Our morning there was time and money well-spent.

Thank TMLAalum
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wai-O-Tapu is a self guided attraction. Upon entering you are given a map with up to 25 thermal sites to see. One can choose either a 30 minute, 40 minute or 75 minute walk, electing to see all the sites or only a portion. We chose to see them all which is what I would recommend. There is a wide... More 

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