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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  • Walking through the huge gift shop and pass by the cafe, you have a choice to make, the long walk or short. Fully maintained walkways take you through different volcanic sites from the edge of the...  more »
  • Most unique and colourful geothermal attraction and volcanic features of New Zealand. To see beautiful geyser and most dramatic mud pool with stinky sulphur smell.  more »
  • A well worth it journey. You get to see nature at its best. excellent chance to take photographs and to see how things are formed.  more »
  • Special place the walk well signed and informative and the staff lovely
  • One of our favorite spots. So informative with stunning views. We had a really nice walk there. We arrived early in the morning. We paid NZD65 for 2 adults. We had a short walk and then, saw the Lady Knox Geyser eruption at 10.15. It was interesting. After that we re-entered the geothermal park. Spent hours there. One of the lakes has the most interesting color I have seen.
  • Went today, it was a fantastic experience, the staff were absolutely wonderful, made time to talk to us in the café. The geyser was so cool, and the guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Walking around the park was good, being outside school holidays the park was quiet. Would love to come again.
  • Named as "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Thousands of years in the making, visitors can choose one or all of three walks which take between 45 and 90 minutes. Unique features include the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. The natural bush setting adds another dimension to the experience as does the Lady Knox Geyser which erupts daily at 10.15 am to heights of up to 20 meters. The modern Visitor Centre has a wide range of New Zealand souvenirs and a cafe which has internal and external dining areas.
  • The geyser tour is a typical tourist spot and I couldn't recommend. But the thermal area is very nice.

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