Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction - just a short drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks.

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Named as "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Thousands of years in the making, visitors can choose one or all of three walks which take between 30 and 75 minutes.

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Unique features include the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.

The natural bush setting adds another dimension to the experience as does the Lady Knox Geyser which erupts daily at 10.15 am to heights of up to 20 meters. The modern Visitor Centre has a wide range of New Zealand souvenirs and a cafe which has internal and external dining areas.

Self-guided tour.


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Physical address

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, RD3, Rotorua Central, Rotorua, 3073, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
April-October: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission 3:45 pm) November-March: 8:30am-6:00pm (last admission 4:45pm) Christmas Day: 8:30 am-1:00 pm (last admission 11:45 am)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Approximately 35 minutes drive from Rotorua Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
Approximately 30kms to Rotorua Terminal
Proximity to town:
27kms (20mins drive) from Rotorua, 53kms (40mins drive) from Taupo

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $32.50

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES NO
Czech YES NO
Dutch YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Italian YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Korean YES NO
Portuguese YES NO
Russian YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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