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.
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
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
Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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
Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)