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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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Reviewed yesterday

The geothermal lakes are stunningly beautiful and ridiculously dangerous with high acidity. They also vary greatly from each other. Bring your good camera!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LauraTravels301
Reviewed yesterday

we went there on our way up to rotorua we dropped in but it was quiet busy so we decided to just go and see the mud pools just along the road a little which were good and smelly and free and noticed that just...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BazzaKidwelly
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Certainly worth the time if you have any interest in geo-thermal formations. No jaw-dropping moments, but fascinating to consider what’s going on just a few feet below!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gleno51
Reviewed 2 days ago

I, an American, rented a car, and drove to Wia-O-Tapu thermal wonderland. It was an easy drive and well worth the effort. As this area is in a volcanic stretch of New Zealand, the ground is literally boiling up with heat resulting in steam. The...More

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

1. Be sure to arrive before 10.15am to see Lady Knoxx geiser in action 2. Champagne pool has amazing colours 3. Great coordination team that guide you through the different points.

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

A very special place to visit. Well set out and easy to walk. Don’t miss the free mud on the right as you are leaving.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank deboraha279
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is amazing. Natural wonder. Not everyone like due to the rotten smell but I suggest once in a while in your lifetime to visit this place.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank onlyworld
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyable walk with our kids. Tips : bring sun cream, shades (umbrella or hots), travel lights, waters. There is no bathroom at the path apart from the entrance or exit. Wife didnt wear sport shoes but she did fine.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ChristopherTraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must do when visiting Rotorua. With a great range of different natural wonders it truly is quite spectacular. The Lady Knox Geyser is also good to see but still worth while going to even if you aren't going to see the geyser in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank brettc13579
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great tour of the geothermal area, walking through the diverse and dynamic landscape. The whole area was facinating...the streams, bubbles and colours were unbeliveable.

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 19, 2018|
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October 30, 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
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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.