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“Lovely walk and best value for money of all the thermal parks.”

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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Thermal Wonderland from Rotorua with Hobbiton, Waimangu Add-On
Ranked #1 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: "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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Lovely walk and best value for money of all the thermal parks.”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Guaranteed geyser eruption, spectacular pools of all colours, choice of 3 walks around the park for various levels of fitness.

Visited January 2013
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“Worth the crowds and the stink!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Felt like you were on another planet. The colours were amazing. We lined up with the crowds to see the geyser. Be warned there isn't much shade there. But the geyser is incredible when it blows. We did the full 75 min walk and really enjoyed it. Drove onto Taupo for lunch by the lake.

Visited January 2013
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

A nice break for 1.5 hours on a day of travel. Nicely laid-out paths and explanations for all the sights, which really are amazing. Enjoyed the visit.

Visited December 2012
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Devon
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“Worth the detour”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Coming south towards Taupo we had read about this area. We were a bit late in the day not arriving till around 3.30 and the centre and boat stop functioning at 5.30. However, it was well worth the visit and there were no crowds - perhaps a dozen people at most in the 2 hours we were there. You go over the lake on a boat to the thermal area and wander up through clearly defined paths across the flat areas of mineral deposits with the small hot spots producing bubbles and gurgles and the occasional small spurt a foot or so high. There are 2 small geysers but they are erratic in their activity, but this did not spoil the experience. The path winds up through low scrub past a series of mud pools to a lookout over the whole area, then goes on to a cave with thermal pool at it's base (fenced off for safety) ten on past more active mud pools and finally a walk through the fern forest area.
There is no pressure on you, you just take your time just remember the time of the last boat back. Agree probably not going to interest young children as long as older ones, but if you're there and they are that age still go for it. Personally we feel that this area, together with the free thermal walk at the bottom of Taupo lake and the free area in the main park in Roturua are all one needs to see.
If continuing down towards Taupo do detour to the area of the Haka falls. Free parking and walking along the river or if in Taupo take the walk out to the falls.

Visited December 2012
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“Truly a wonder of the world!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We've never seen anything like these geothermal pools. Bubbling mud, steaming mineral pools -- it's as if you're looking into the earth's core. Fascinating!

Visited January 2013
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