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

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Halfway between Rotorua and Taupo, this attraction is worth your while if you have not ever visited anything like it. Be aware of the strong sulphuric smell. Colors are incredible... read more

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San Marcos, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Halfway between Rotorua and Taupo, this attraction is worth your while if you have not ever visited anything like it. Be aware of the strong sulphuric smell. Colors are incredible such as the lemon green of the Devil's Bath or the colors of the Champagne Pool.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed this attraction and would go back again. Lots to see and do can certainly understand why it's so popular

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stayed in Taupo and went to Wai-o-Tapu in the morning to watch the geyser go off (10:15am daily). You have to buy tickets at the visitor centre and then drive 5 minutes to the geyser. The guide told us all about the area and the geyser before setting it off. It's amazing to watch! Definitely worth getting up early... More 

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wai-o-Tapu (=Sacred Waters) is an active geothermal area of 18 sq.kms. But only a small part of it, is accessible to visitors who must follow the well marked tracks and respect the signs, avoiding accidents. A detailed map together with the tickets, gives all the information needed. Going with a group, time is limited so you must decide which itinerary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Allow a good hour to make the most of this. Amazing bubbling mud pools and a fascinating landscape. All the steam makes the whole experience really surreal and eerie. This one is much better than the others that we visited in the area.

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Thank Alex B
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first thermal area we visited and what a great start. Highlights for me were the craters, the artists palate (lake) and the emerald lake.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Wai-O-Tapu for one of our prenup locations and it was amazing. The natural effects made it worthwhile. There was this green pool of water that looks stunning in the photos. Highly recommended.

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For $35 a head, this is definitely a must recommended. Visit at 9am which gives you enough time to do loops A and B, then head for the geyser which goes off at 9:15am everyday! Then head back to do loop C and the mud pools on the way back. Very ephemeral with the smell, steam, bubbles and all that... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

lots of different kind of lakes and fumes.. dont miss the morning gyser session..walk all the way till the end to see the emerald lake..

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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice stop on our way up to Auckland. Great that you can chose what type of walk you would like to do. There are three walks from 30 minutes to around 1 hour and 30minutes. All of the walks will include an array of exciting hot pools and a palette of colours from the active landscape.

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