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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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We only had 2 hours to spend at the park so we walked quick, but boy, did we see alot! The park was well mapped and the trails were easy. There were so many great photo ops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Boerne, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We only had 2 hours to spend at the park so we walked quick, but boy, did we see alot! The park was well mapped and the trails were easy. There were so many great photo ops! This park is awesome and you can spend as much or as little time as you want because it's all at your pace.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a chance to get up close and personal with a geothermal wonderland. Wonderful colours and not so wonderful smells. We were in a group, so only had about one hour before we had to move on. I would have liked to stay longer with my camera. Though it's not easy to take landscape without people getting in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A great park. Yes, it's a bit touristy and can have lots of tour buses, but the hot spring lakes, mud pools, geysers, and other miscellaneous thermal wonders are well worth the half day of effort. We thought the Lady Knox geyser was over rated, but then again, we've been to Yellowstone several times over the years, so we can... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Only about 40 minutes drive from Rotorua, this a an amazing place with boiling mud and steaming water pools. Very enjoyable once you get used to the smell.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was the most 'tourist' geothermal park we visit and by far the LARGEST we visited... You should get there before 10:15am to see the Lady Knox Geyser being erupted. Its worth it! It was quite busy but because it was so large and people walked at various pace's we was soon on our own. It takes on a huge... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great place. Like another planet. Coloured lakes, steam, smells... Make sure you are there by 10am if you want to see the geyser though. The mud pool on the road there (it's free) is really good as well.

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Bega, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Spectacular walks taking in a range of colourful thermal pools, steaming cauldrons and boiling mud. Choice of 3 walks or combine all 3 for the total experience. Lady Knox geyser "goes off" everyday around 10.15am and is worth a look as well. The cafe serves an excellent coffee which was much appreciated by us. There is also a range of... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The geothermal pools were spectacular, especially the champagne pool. We completed the whole walk and saw many different spectacles. It took us around 70 minutes in total and in general the walk is pretty easy (just a few uphill steps). Really a great experience and a must in Rotorua.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The BEST experience ever!!! We could not believe our eyes when walking through this Thermal Wonderland. WE felt as if we had been on another planet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

A vast expanse of thermal pools and mood pools - some very vivid colors and well worth a visit - there are 3 trails - we did two of them - very impressive. Only downside is the smell - don't get volcanic activity without sulfur smell. The geyser is down the road and is activated at 10:15 - they tip... More 

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