Make your own way to Wai-O-Tapu, located a 20-minute drive south from Rotorua. Expect to spend between 45 and 90 minutes at Wai-O Tapu, and arrive by late morning if you wish to see the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser after an informative presentation.
Perhaps start your self-guided tour at the visitor center, where you’ll learn about the 1886 blast of Tarawera Volcano, which destroyed the natural features known as the Pink and White Terraces.
Get an overview of the area from the lookout point, then set your own pace over marked walking trails as you meander past vividly colored hot pools, volcanic craters and steaming fissures in the geothermal park.
Admire the New Zealand bush along the walkways, where display panels inform you about the thermal activity you see. Consult your complimentary full-color guide-map for further details about the natural wonders.
You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe, shop and picnic area while taking in the amazing sights of Wai-O-Tapu.