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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
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"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...more
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201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6333
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All reviews the lady knox geyser wai o tapu mud pools amazing colours artist's palette main park geyser eruption thermal area geothermal activity mother nature natural wonder short drive boiling mud take your time geothermal features own pace new zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Very easy to find as excellent signage. All staff made you very welcome and helpful with information about the area. The map we were given for our walk was very straight forward and easy to use. This ensured that we got the best use out...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jo O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is super cool! Do all three routes- you will not be disappointed. This place is like being inside of a National Geographic magazine. It is just unreal how incredible and beautiful nature is! A+ time!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jolenedeon
Reviewed yesterday

Not Yellowstone but interesting and worth seeing. We enjoyed learning about the terrain and it’s history.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank patricia w
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This wonderland and museum were part of our cruise tour. Lots of interesting work being done by students at museum with regards to weaving, craving etc. The outside had several hot geysers. Believe the area has quite a few attractions but our tour was only...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CBonn57
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited here briefly four years ago and only did the first track, our aim this trip was to do the whole park...so worth the wait. Take your oen water as there is none, sadlyno toilets other than at the entrance. Good coffee too.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Julie P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very impressed with this place. Lots of thermal "stuff" to see. Large site be prepared for a good walk if you want to see it all, some steps to climb so take water it gets quite hot out there. Tip, take your sunglasses off the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really a wonderland. Do not skip it if you are in the area. One of the few places where you would go and wonder how this can happen.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sandeepa212
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely fabulous and would recommend walking around the wonderland for an hour or two the colours are mind blowing!! But do not waste your time with the geyser ‘show’ it’s absolutely lame haha and it’s induced using soap so not even natural! Total tourist trap....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 782oliviam
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nature in all his thermal glory lies here. Beautiful, versatile collection of caves, pools, colors, and even sounds! Comfy shoes and a hat are a must.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank droroniwed
Reviewed 4 days ago

Set aside the smell of sulfur which can be a bit much to handle some times, it's definitely worth spending some time there. If you'd come early and skip the Lady Knox geyser eruption you could even enjoy it without all those other people around....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Holly M
December 17, 2018|
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Response from Waiotapunz | Property representative |
Morena Holly, Unfortunately, we only have two locations with toilet blocks, both being around the visitor centre. We do hope you still decide to visit Wai-O-Tapu to do at least track 1 which takes about 45 minutes (1.5km... More
November 19, 2018|
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Response from SmyRiedberg | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is.
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October 24, 2018|
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Response from Brada_rg | Reviewed this property |
Is a walking track long, not all in the sulphate zone. I do not know if you should have few problems. You can try it. there are also a walking track in the park
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Seeking Suggestions and Comments for Itinerary (6 Replies)
Hi Tripadvisors! I have this itinerary which I would like to hear your suggestions/comments on. The place of arrival and departure is fixed as the tickets have been confirmed. Travel period: Feb/Mar Main interests: scenery/sight-seeing, fruits and flowers, short nature walks Day 1 Arrive in Auckland (only half a day in Auckland after arrival) Visit Parnell Rose Gardens. Day 2 Auckland- Waitomo Glowworn Caves- Rotorua Day 3 Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Government Garden, maybe...More
October 29, 2015|
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Please feel free to comment and suggest! :)
URGENT - travelling in 2 days, pls advise on itinerary (5 Replies)
Hi all, we'll be travelling to NZ in another 2 days, duration of stay is about 11 days (1 May to 12 May). After massive research and thanks to all the postings in the forum, drafted the following itinerary: Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua ~ touch down at Auckland international airport, pick up car, head to Waitomo ~ visit Waitomo Caves, drive to Rotorua Day 2: Rotorua ~ Polynesian Spa ~ Hangi & Maori culture evening Day 3: Rotoruo - Taupo - Wellington ~ Wai-o-tapu...More
April 27, 2008|
Response frommatteilers|
You do have a couple of BIG driving days in this plan Day 1- that is a drive, especially having flown in off an international flight Day 3- another 7+ hr. driving day Day 5- long drive, especially since you are leaving (probably early afternoon if you are dolphin swimming in the AM). May be hard to fit in Hanmer depending on how late you want to arrive Wanaka- Puzzleworld is fun. Hike up Mt. Iron for great views. Mellow trail by lake for hike. Could be abitious depending on how...More
Leah R
Melbourne, Australia
Itinerary for October 2015?? (5 Replies)
Hi I would love feed back on the itinerary I have done for my first trip to NZ. Day One Saturday October 17th Arrive Wellington - Check out local sights . Mount Cook Day Two 2.35hr Drive Via SH1 Coastal Drive Sunday 18th October Drive to Wanganui seeing sights on way Day Three 3.05hr Drive Monday 19th October Drive to Napier seeing sights along the way Day Four 2.39 hr drive Tuesday 20th Octoberr Drive to Rotorua Or Taupo Kuirau Park Steaming Lake and Blowhole Lake Tarawera –...More
June 02, 2015|
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Why Mt Cook, the War Memorial, The Colonial Cottage Museum,Massey University? Wanganui and then to Napier? backtracking. You go through Taupo to get to Rotorua from Napier.