We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Road | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-366 6333
Website
Description:

"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor...

"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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$111.12*
and up
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
More Info
$24.24*
and up
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
More Info
$211.79*
and up
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 4,601 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 2359
    Excellent
  • 1201
    Very good
  • 252
    Average
  • 46
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Fascinating natural phenomena

This was definitely an interesting place to visit for our family, kids (age 7 & 9) included. Despite a dismal forecast the attraction was not hindered by the weather. Loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
dreamsRfree
,
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

4,601 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 3,870: English reviews
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was definitely an interesting place to visit for our family, kids (age 7 & 9) included. Despite a dismal forecast the attraction was not hindered by the weather. Loved visiting Lady Knox Geyser and seeing her erupt! Enjoyed hearing the story of how it was first discovered. The park itself was beautifully maintained with safety in mind. Extraordinary craters,... More 

Helpful?
Thank dreamsRfree
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the original Thermal Pool in Rotorua, if you really want to see the Thermaland, then this should not be missed. Regards Harsh Seasons Travels NZ

Helpful?
Thank Seasonstravels
Australia
Level Contributor
86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The rain and low clouds added to the mystical, and quite bizarre atmosphere. Colours, steam, plopping mud pools -just amazing.

Helpful?
Thank Patricia3689
Gladstone, Australia
Level Contributor
86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are numerous thermal areas at Rotorua so if only going to one you want it to be a good one. Wai-o-tapu is good as it has numerous colours and types of pools to check out. Champagne pools is definitely good. Lady Knox geyser is literally next door as are mud pools so the trip to the venue makes it... More 

Helpful?
Thank Allan M
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
195 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had been to Te Puia and wondered if we needed to come to Wai-O-Tapu but they are very different. This one has many thermal pools and bubbling mud pools. The water is coloured by minerals and each is different. Also beautiful waterfall at end of longest walk. This is in a much larger area to walk round. There are... More 

Helpful?
Thank lyndac00per
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic park. Did all 3 walks and found the scenery fantastic. The walks were very easy . Really enjoyed our morning there.

Helpful?
Thank cindynew2016
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not a huge amount of thermal activity and the geyser performance was a bit man-made/hokey but enjoyable all the same and good exercise.

Helpful?
Thank FinneTraveller
Scarborough, Australia
Level Contributor
70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was definitely a must see the bubbling mud and sulfur smell was definitely different we stopped here for a few minutes on our way to rotorua

Helpful?
Thank Aaronpurdon
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Big thank you to Wayne our coach driver from headfirst, started our day very welcoming and from there was patient with customers and provided solid information on our trip and surroundings. The area itself was like nothing I have seen before, incredibly unique, excitingly dangerous and 100% worth the visit. We took the 11am free tour and were provided with... More 

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My two co-workers and I went on this trip and loved every second of it! From our awesome tour guide "Wayne" to all the amazing natural wonders of this place! I really appreciated learning about the history and science behind Wai O Tapu! So informational and something you can't see everywhere in the world! Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

Helpful?
Thank Alexa C

Travelers who viewed Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 

Been to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?