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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 natural wonder mother nature short drive boiling mud own pace take your time sulphur smell geothermal features
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We first tried to visit here while driving from Taupo to Rotorua - we arrived at 10:40am to the amazing traffic jam as people who had been at Lady Knox moved onto Wai-O-Tapu. We didn’t stay. We did return the next day at 9am -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rach4689
Reviewed yesterday

Again we did this with our 12-year-old granddaughter and it was a wonderful experience but tiring--grandpa and granddaughter made me do most of the walk around the site. The colours were fantastic and there were clear explanations as to how the pools, lakes, and ledges...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pelizabethcutts
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to stay in Taupō and do day drips. The first of these was to see the geysers and hot springs just outside Rotorua at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal wonderland. After arriving and parking we bought our tickets and then jumped back in to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank simmopj
Reviewed yesterday

Been back to Wai-o-Tapu many times and still think this is one of the most remarkable places in NZ. So proud to share this gem with visitors

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank toosienz
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An interesting geothermal site but the geyser show at 10:30 means that the entire day’s visitors arrive at once and either the site nor the staff can cope. Also you have to park, get a ticket then move the car and park again then move...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Waipuka
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well spent couple of hours in a very special setting. Highly recommended for someone visiting the area

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank petern156
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Champagne Pool is one of the most extraordinary volcanic features I've ever seen. This thermal wonderland is well worth the half hour drive out of Rotorua.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Michael O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would recommend doing the first and probably the second loops. They are timed at 45 + 15 minutes though you can do it faster even while taking lots of photos. The highlights are the Artist's Palette, the Champagne Pool and the Devil's Bath. We...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jules060617
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful attraction worth to go. Weather so good for the traveling. Good short walking track in the morning. Must meet the Lady Knox Greyser.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank princessyll
Waiotapunz, Public Relations Manager at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the feed back! Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 3 days ago

we arrived at the geyser at 9:45 am as suggested and had a long wait until after 10:20 when proceedings started. The geyser was meant to go off at 10:15 am. By 10:20 t6he crowd was huge and getting impatient. The geyser was ok, but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank hittheroadjack5
Waiotapunz, Public Relations Manager at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feed back Jack, we do get very busy in the morning! good idea to come in the arvo when it dies down a little bit

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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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October 24, 2018|
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Response from Waiotapunz | Property representative |
Kia Ora, the first walk is 1.5 km and usually takes people 30 - 45 minutes. We've never really experienced anyone have allergic reactions to the sulfate before so i'd recommend getting some medical advise from coming
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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 &amp; Maori culture evening Day 3: Rotoruo - Taupo - Wellington ~...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.