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"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.
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Waiotapu
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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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!
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.
Bridgette and Morgan
Cool experience but geyser only goes off in the morning - alternative times.
Janneke van Krieken
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!).
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.
This area is so sweet and so beautiful. The money is not wasted.
Super interesting park showing thermal activities.