Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland



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5 Geothermal

6 Waiotapu

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Nature's never had so much to say


Thousands of Years in the Making. A Wonderland of Stunning Geothermal Activity

"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor

Explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic park. Walks through this unique geothermal area take between 30 and 75 minutes and provide a wide range of amazing photo opportunities at features including the world famous Champagne Pool, naturally coloured hot and cold springs, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. The natural bush setting, the Lady Knox Geyser erupting daily at 10.15 am and the nearby ever active "Mud Pool" add other dimensions to the experience. The first class Visitor Centre incorporates cafe and retail facilities, and there are picnic areas and plenty of parking. Wai-O-Tapu is situated just 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua, or 40 minutes drive north of Taupo on State Highway 5.


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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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North IslandRotorua RegionWaiotapu


  • Geothermal

Business Times

Opening Hours:

Open every day including all Public Holidays:

April-October: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission 3:45pm)

November-March: 8:30am-6:00pm (last admission 4:45pm)

Christmas Day: 8:30 am-5:00 pm (last admission 3:45pm)


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Matt McCloskey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very interesting and lots to see on their walks around the park. If you go at 10:00am you can see them induce the geyser to erupt but it makes it very busy at this time. As expected, quite smelly!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jeny Smolders


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice park! A lot of hot pools (colourful, stinky, bubbly) and we saw the Lady Knox Geyser at 10:15. Also we went to the mud pool nearby, what was also cool to see.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bridgette and Morgan

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Cool experience but geyser only goes off in the morning - alternative times.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Janneke van Krieken


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape, truly amazing colours. Must do for every tourist in the Rotorua area. Nice, clean park, good pathways, not too crowded (can imagine in summer you will be queuing a lot for a good picture!).

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rado Hank


Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Takeru Yonahr


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to see many effects that the geothermal activity has on the landscape. Maybe a little expensive for a self guided walk but you can grab some information from the flyer. The staff presenting Lady Knox Geyser is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Michael Bley


Ranking: 10/10

This area is so sweet and so beautiful. The money is not wasted.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

Super interesting park showing thermal activities.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017