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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Road | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
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+64 7-366 6333

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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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Beautiful spot for a walk

Worth going to just to see the Champagne Pool & Artist's Palette. Wai-O-Tapu is beautiful, lots to see, mud pools, boiling pools, craters, so many different colours, really... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Worth going to just to see the Champagne Pool & Artist's Palette. Wai-O-Tapu is beautiful, lots to see, mud pools, boiling pools, craters, so many different colours, really lovely. You can do 1, 2 or 3 walks around the park, we did all 3 which total to 3km. Track 3 is probably the hardest with some uphill parts but all... More 

Thank NaomiBUK
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Need 1.5 hours to visit the entire park, well made, a must do if you have not visited any such place earlier, a lot of phosphor is in the air and after sometime becomes annoying. Devil's bath is really pretty.

Thank RaghavSabharwal
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful, otherworldly landscape. A must see. Make sure to catch Lady Knox geyser and the mud pools as well.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can explore all kinds of hot spring in the downtown park except for a red color ground with green hot water pool. Geyser is kind of artificial as it was activated with human means due to the recent earthquake changing the plate structure.

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this attraction on our way to Taupo. Got there just in time to see the geyser blow then transferred and paid to get in. Everything was better than the geyser. Wonderful sites here from bubbling mud to holes in the ground to spectacular colours. Took us nearly 3 hours on very well prepared tracks to see all. Really... More 

Thank Paul S
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent half day doing the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. It was well worth it. Fascinating to see the mud pools, the steam coming out of the ground here and there and the geysers. The walk is self-guided and you have facts presenter on small signs along the Walking track. We took a lot of photos. Do bring your camera! In... More 

Thank Toura H
Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a geography student this place was amazing. Great to see all of the amazing volcanic features. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well laid out walk way and good descriptions. Amazing colours and formations. Add on walks if you are still up for it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When my party suggested this Park; I was a little hesitant... it sounded like a lot of walking. But I decided to try it anyway - how often does one actually get to go thru a Geothermal park, right? Right... but oh how my legs ached after that. It was an amazing experience to see how amazing Mother Nature is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So, by this point in our trip, we had been rained on for days and were tired of the exorbitant price of NZ attractions. So here we are in Wai-O-Tapu, having driven in the rain and presented with the cost of admission... I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WE PAID. This is one of the main reasons to go to Rotorua,... More 

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