Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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  • E-blockers
    Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family Holiday
    Awesome place! Clean and tidy, lovely staff who checked in to make sure we knew which paths would be good for my elderly mum. The young lady who gave the talk at the geyser spoke beautifully, very clear and easy to hear. Highly recommend stopping here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Paul H
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit soapy
    Waiotapu showcases stunning geothermal wonders with vibrant hot springs and unique landscapes. However, the Lady Knox Geyser, induced artificially by soap, is a letdown, lacking the natural awe of the area. For a more authentic geyser experience, I recommend visiting Te Puia in Rotorua. It offers the impressive Pōhutu Geyser, a truly natural eruption that captures the raw power of geothermal activity.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • 19Francis72
    New Plymouth, New Zealand82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value with plenty of photo opportunities
    Great weather made for some awesome photos. The service from all the crew was helpful and friendly. The only disappointing thing was the fact was that they used soap to get the Lady Knox geyser to erupt. This perhaps should be made clear somehow that it is not a natural event. On the whole a great experience though.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
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William T
Hong Kong, China14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Wai-O-Tapu Thermo Wonderful - poor facility management . Everyone is made to believe the Lady Knox Geyser is part of the coverage, as entering the Geyser parking lot requires showing the “Thermal Park & Lady Knox Geyser” tickets. On date of our visit, we parked at the parking lot inside the Geyser area. After the Geyser eruption, we wanted to move on to the thermal park but found too many cars leaving the Geyser park at the same time and then the main area car park could be full. We decided to leave our car at the Geyser area parking lot. It was around 1pm , we finished the thermal park and I walked to the Geyser area parking area , intending to collect our car. It was found the area road access was locked up. It took almost an hour before the Visitor Center sent a staff to unlock the gate.
We found there was absolutely no sign of gate closure at all. In walking passed several staff working in the Park, they said this happens almost every day that cars were locked up in such parking lot.

I walked to the Visitor Center, a lady that presented her as supervisor told me they had announced the closure during the Geyser show. I told her I did not hear it and why they could not put up written signs in appropriate areas to remind visitors as it happens almost every day. Then you she told me the Geyser was not part of “them”, thus they could not do anything about it and she expressed she would not talk to me any longer and walked away .
I found this sort of responses was totally irresponsible and annoying to visitor who intended to question & suggest this issue could be minimised in the future.
Written February 16, 2020
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Angela M
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Do not bother with the Lady Knox Geyser!!! It is a full on tourist trap.

On the website it says it is "presented" every day at 10:15. This wording is very specifically chosen, because unlike some other geysers it does not naturally erupt with any reliability so they induce it as part of a very lame presentation where a lady tells a tale about men bathing in hot springs and their soap causes the geyser to activate so they will "re-enact" that moment by putting soap in the geyser. It's all just a gimmick. The geyser is fine but nothing special. The biggest issue is that they only present it once a day so everybody flocks there for 10:15, they do the presentation and then all of those people all head to the boardwalk at the same time leading to massive congestion. It makes it hard to enjoy the otherwise beautiful walk.

The walk is enjoyable, the mud pools are very interesting and for the price the walk alone is decent value. Go in the afternoon after the geyser crowd has left. Alternatively, pay a bit more and go to Whakarewarewa. It's closer to Rotorua, they have geysers that erupt naturally on a regular enough basis that you'll get to see them, they also have mud pools and walking trails AND you get some cultural information as well. That is time much better spent.
Written November 30, 2023
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Paul H
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Waiotapu showcases stunning geothermal wonders with vibrant hot springs and unique landscapes. However, the Lady Knox Geyser, induced artificially by soap, is a letdown, lacking the natural awe of the area. For a more authentic geyser experience, I recommend visiting Te Puia in Rotorua. It offers the impressive Pōhutu Geyser, a truly natural eruption that captures the raw power of geothermal activity.
Written December 30, 2023
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Ztayob
Brisbane, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Visited the thermal wonderland and purchased tickets for the 3 walks (90 mins) in total. Cost was 32.50 and each. The walk was easy . Views were magnificent. Colors were incredible. Smell of the sulphur was a bit strong. A really good tour and views are quite unique. The colors of the champagne pool were incredible.
Written March 7, 2020
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JMyersWirral
Wirral84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Lady Know geyser is set off at 10.15 am every morning - so don't be late! It was interesting to see how this was achieved by placing soap into the geyser. Sometimes the effect is more spectacular than at other times. The thermal wonderland boardwalk is spectacular and you wont see the like of this anywhere else. The colours produced in the Champagne Pool are amazing. Well worth a visit.
Written March 3, 2020
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HypnoWarrior
Porirua, New Zealand1,114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We've been here many times in the last 13 years and each time we still enjoy the bubbling smelling mud pools. The fact that it's free is a great bonus. A good stop here to break the drive.
Written June 7, 2021
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rbthodge
Whitby, Canada1,682 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Activity located about 40 km north of Taupo on the route towards Rotorua (40 minute drive). Start your visit with a viewing of the eruption of the Lady Knox geyser at 10:15 (located just north of the entrance to the park), but you must check in at the park entrance first and make your way to the geyser area. Make sure to arrive at the geyser area 15 minutes early, as the demonstration/eruption is on time and only once a day. Easy signed walking route around and among the thermal pools in the park - signs explain each site. Wheel chair accessible route for two of the three paths you can follow. Total time if you do all three paths and stop to read signs/take photos if about 90 minutes.
Written March 22, 2023
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Been here many times in my life and it never fails to amaze me. It is free to visit. Just drive as though you are going to Waitapu and look for loop road and mud pools. Probably the best mud pools in NZ and you can spend hours here. There are no toilets so be prepared.
Written November 1, 2022
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was an interesting park with lots to see. Our highlights were the colourful Artists Palate and Champagne Pool. The park is split up into 3 walks and there’s a reasonable amount of walking to get around everything as well as some stairs. There are plenty of places to stop and rest. Personally, most of the highlights were on the first walk and this was also all relatively flat. Presently, the park is not open every day of the week so make sure you check the website and plan accordingly.
Written April 10, 2023
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Stay14361974217
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The park is incredible, we were surprised about the pools and the colours and it was very very interested.
The bad score is because they don't give all information on the brochure or at the tourist office in Rotorua. Specifically, they don't tell everything about the geiser. They just tell you the nice information but in fact, this geiser is not working any more in a natur way. The geiser works every day since they put soap on it. We were dissapointed because of this. Please tell all the truth on your brochures.
Written December 24, 2023
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