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  • Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Road
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 5pm (until 1pm on Christmas Day)
  • Admission: Adults: NZ$30 Children (5 -15yrs): NZ$10

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Like much of New Zealand's attractions, the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland centers on walking outdoors - but what a walk! The park is New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal attraction; visitors follow demarcated tracks through a stunning variety of volcanic phenomena. You'll see fantastic, naturally colored hot-and-cold pools, the world famous Champagne Pool, the amazing Lady Knox Geyser and the massive craters that are the hallmark of the Rotorua region's volcanic heritage.

You'll want to bring a camera and plenty of film/memory cards - the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland has some truly amazing views and scenery. New Zealand is known for its natural beauty, but this geothermal park accentuates it with its unusual geothermal topography. In particular, the shimmering water flowing over the Sinter Terrace Formations is not to be missed.

Practical Info

Given the volcanic terrain, visitors need to be prepared with appropriate footwear. You can walk at your own pace, but a few of these trails are significant hikes. Bringing your own water is recommended, especially in the summer. If you're hungry, the Visitor Centre has a small cafe, and there is also the Waiotapu Tavern about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away if a beer or cocktail strikes your fancy after you've finished exploring the park.

Tours & Tickets

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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Take a unique half-day journey through Rotorua's geothermal parks on a morning trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll watch the Lady Knox Geyser erupt ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.14

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.86

Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

Venture from Auckland to the North Island on this private 8-day tour that takes you by private, luxury vehicle to Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $3,090.31

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Experience the amazing geothermal activity of hissing steam vents, bubbling water and boiling mud when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $187.97

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