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.
Huru is the guide, and he is very friendly person! The tour is not so cheap, but there was just 3 people in his van! You can do this trip by yourself, but isnt the same with guide!
Fantastic tour with excellent guide Horu Spectacularly beautiful and the highlight of our all but too brif week in NZ
Really excellent. Our guide had a broad knowledge, not only of the geology of the area and the history of volcanic activity, but also of how Maori people would have used the natural resources (and of 'Lord of the Rings' filming location!) Richly illuminating experience.
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.