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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  • Start early, from the opening and do lady knox geyser until later. Enjoy the colorful and fragrant, pools the pools and pools of bubbling mud that drop their borborygmes. take the time to let yourself be surprised by an original point of view. A living book of geology under your eyes, the activity of the very strange land. Under your feet, it is booming!
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  • We came here to see the geyser that erupts every day at approx 10.15 only to find out that the staff artificially set off the eruption using artificial soap! A staff member stands on the geyser as wel...  more »
  • What a cool place to spend a morning. The combination of pools, vents, and geysers is rare throughout the world, and for those who have traveled to Yellowstone before, there is a lot of similarity. He...  more »
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