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“Waiotapu”

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Ranked #1 of 108 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, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Waiotapu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Well worth a visit with easy walk tracks and stunning and spooky thermal areas. Of note is the geyser which is prompted to play at 10am and if you take the loop road off the main access to the park, there is a free mud pool viewing area which is the largest and most active in the Rotorua area.. for Free!

Visited April 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Been here before (2009) but still fascinating. A must-do when in the area. Don't miss the Lady Knox at 9.15am

Visited April 2013
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

The Thermal pools were a truely different and amazing experience. Its something you do not get to see in many countries and thus makes it a must see in Rotarua. The colours and sizes and smells of this attraction will prove to be unforgettable!

Visited March 2013
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“Really interesting if you've never seen anything like this before”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our visit. Make sure you get there early to go get your tickets for the Lady Knox Geyser eruption at 10:15. You have to park up to go buy your tickets first and then drive to it and drive back. Although quite interesting, it is set off by them and so not really natural. It was also not operating at full capacity due to the draught. Back at the main park our highlights were the artist's palette, the champagne pool and the devil's bath which were all very impressive. To make the most of your visit and entry free be sure to do all the walking tracks. Just along the road are the mud pools which we found equally as impressive. I'd definitely recommend this place if you've never seen anything like it before!

Visited March 2013
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“Very Impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Be sure and get there in time for the eruption of the geyser. The walk through the area is very beautiful. The Champagne Pool is beautiful, the colors are unbelievable. It entails lots of walking so be prepared.

Visited March 2013
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