Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Discover the surreal volcanic landscape of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a natural geothermal area stretching over 18 sq km (7 sq mi). Choose one of three self-guided trails, each of which boasts numerous colorful lakes, rock formations, and mud pools. Enjoy the vivid hues of the geothermal pools, and take stunning shots of the eerie, sulphuric hot springs. The visitor center provides amenities, including a cafe and gift shop. Before you head to Rotorua, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rotorua trip planner, to make sure you see all that Rotorua has to offer, including Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
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  • Fantastically beautiful area. The most incredible colours and war water wherever you look. We had the perfect weather and were very lucky to enjoy this impressive landscape. Fantastic colourful... 
    Fantastically beautiful area. The most incredible colours and war water wherever you look. We had the perfect weather and were very lucky to enjoy this impressive landscape. Fantastic colourful...  more »
  • It doesn’t happen everyday to admire a geyser, so how can you miss the visit to this national park? It’s a natural spectacle you could never imagine: the heat, the smoke… simply amazing and... 
    It doesn’t happen everyday to admire a geyser, so how can you miss the visit to this national park? It’s a natural spectacle you could never imagine: the heat, the smoke… simply amazing and...  more »
  • They need to update their signage. On the website it says that Wai-o-tapu is closed for refurbishment. However we saw several signs along the main road between Rotorua and Taupo saying they are... 
    They need to update their signage. On the website it says that Wai-o-tapu is closed for refurbishment. However we saw several signs along the main road between Rotorua and Taupo saying they are...  more »
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  • It is definitely a colourful and unique thermal wonderland. We had a great unique experience. I hope it will reopen soon ...
  • Special place the walk well signed and informative and the staff lovely
  • This is a classic must-do in New Zealand. This place is very nice (and smelly XD), but I wish I did go here without all the hypes I had reading reviews and looking pictures as I really felt overhyped for what it is. For example, Plitvice Lakes in Croatia does not have the same variety of colors of this place, but it is much, much nicer. I don't know... this place is cute, but I saw better. It is clearly oversold. And, besides the yellow lake and the "picture"-lake, there is really nothing else here... we all felt extremely disappointed and underwhelmed as we expected better. I should go to a place to enjoy the experience and then taking pictures for remembering the experience. Here, like too many places in New Zealand, it is taking a nice picture which matters, not the experience itself, then saying you enjoyed the experience just because you got nice pictures to show off on Instagram. Also, $32 entry ticket is not justified. Keeping the place clean for this price is just a cheap excuse. Recommend if you are in New Zealand (not much else to see around anyway) (but do not expect the be overwhelmed by the experience)
  • Magical experience walking along the geysers towards the lake. Very interesting facts and things to learn about the natural surroundings.
  • Interesting but not worth the price

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