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Explore the well-marked paths of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and witness Lady Knox Geyser erupt. Your admission ticket grants you all-day access to one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal parks, located just outside of Rotorua. Stroll past gurgling mud pools, volcanic craters and steaming lakes at your own pace. Consult your complimentary guidebook to learn about the area’s volcanic activity, and view informative displays along the trails and at the visitor center.


  • Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Marvel at the variety of technicolor hot pools at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Arrive in the morning to catch the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser at 10:15am
  • Get great photo ops of the otherworldly landscape
  • See native New Zealand bush as you walk the well-groomed trails of the thermal park

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What You Can Expect

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Lady Knox Geyser

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Ying Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Be prepared if not used to the volcano smell. Cuz it smell really bad. Bu tits good for skin : personally won't come again but will recommended my friend to come as the view really good.

Cecilia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

WOW! The colors one sees are so beautiful! This place is awesome! We enjoyed every view, corner, nook, and abyss!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A must do in New Zealand.

Catherine J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Best Thermal Park over a large area with the Champagne Pool and Devils Bath to name a couple. We were to late to see the Lady Knox Geyser so they stamp your tickets for you to return the following day if you wish to

Fang Hsuan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

this place is amazing, had a great afternoon with my family. if you happen to visit there on a sunny day the heat can be overwhelming, so remember to bring a hat and some water with you!!!!

Melanie P

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Really enjoyed this tour however to get the full benefit you need to drive between three sites which was unexpected and a bit of pain. However it and #39;s a must see and good value for money.


4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This was an interesting place to visit whilst in Rotarua. You get used to the Sulphur or rotten egg smell after a while. The geothermal mud pools and geiser are worth checking out. This is a popular tourist attraction so arrive early to avoid the crowds.


4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Best Thermals in Rotorua except the geyser, which only nature can help despite the soap! Great park though Wai-O-Tapu.

marie laure v

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2017

Le Lady Knox c'est assez moyen car provoqué. On doit se rendre à l'accueil puis reprendre la voiture pour aller sur le site de Lady Knox, et retourner ensuite à l'entrée principale en voiture. Avec les embouteillages, le parking très chargé... Bref on conseillera aux amis de renoncer à Lady Knox pour profiter du parc avant qu'il n'y ait du monde. C'est triste à écrire mais il faudrait du personnel devant la champagne pool pour permettre à tout le monde de prendre des phots, car les gens stationnent longuement devant.

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