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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua

Overlooking Wai-O-Tapu Photo taken by: Michael Bluestone (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua


Thousands of years in the making Wai-O-Tapu, translating to Sacred Waters, is New Zealand's most colorful natural volcanic area. Included in our trip price, we spend 1.5hrs - 2hrs here for you to have the chance to explore this amazing area.

You can visit this park on the following tours: Ultimate Explorer Tour, Total AotearoaHot Rocks TourNorthern Wanderer Tour, Northern Light

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Mud Pools & The Lady Knox Geyser

A visit to Rotorua cannot be complete without taking a visit to what is locally known as the Mud Pool. This was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s. It now represents one of the best opportunities to experience the unique character and sounds of erupting mud in New Zealand where the activity is always guaranteed.

After you've had enough of the bubbling mud, the Lady Gnox Geyser lies just around the corner. Believe it or not, at exactly 10.15am each day there is the opportunity to learn the history and mechanics of the Lady Knox Geyser during a presentation by an informed guide in the natural amphitheater! It provides a unique opportunity to see a geyser in eruption to heights up to 20m!

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Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. Clearly defined walking tracks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area with a range of walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes, and from 1.5km up to 3km in distance, each with their own unique volcanic vistas. In total there are 26 natural features within Wai-O-Tapu thermal park, including the World Famous Champagne Pool.

Pick up a detailed map as you enter and also keep an eye out for some unique flora and fauna in the area too. When you're done walking around the park, sit down and relax in our onsite cafe for a freshly baked scone and cup of coffee.