Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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  • Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-73666333
  • Ticket Price: 33 NZD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Family And Kids, Nature, Volcano
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About Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

Waiotapu really looks like a wonderland, with vividly colored pools, changing landscapes, volcanic craters, steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. One of the most colorful attractions in New Zealand, the area is best known for the flamboyantly colored Artist's Palette pool and the very dramatic Champagne Pool. The area also has the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts daily at 10:15 AM, reaching a height of 20m and lasting for an hour.

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland Ticket Prices

  • Children 5-15 years - $11; Children under 5 - Free.

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland Opening and Closing Hours

  • Recommended time to visit is at 10 AM.

How To reach Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland by Public Transport

  • You can board a shuttle bus from Wai-O-Tapu to Rotorua. All major tour operators also operate from Rotorua to Waiotapu.

Restaurants Near Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

  • The Geyser Cafe in Waitapu offers a variety of snack options.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

  • 95% of people who visit Rotorua include Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland in their plan

  • 85.87% of people start their Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

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79.09% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

People normally club together Tamaki Maori Village and Waimangu Volcanic Valley while planning their visit to Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland.

People also prefer to start their day with Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland.

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Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua Reviews

  • Loved seeing all the geothermal wonders! Colorful pools and nice walking trails that are one-way making it easy to navigate though and make it to see everything! Loved it! We got there just in time for the 10am geyser eruption! Then went to mud pools then onto main part of the park! Worked out perfectly because people were clearing out of main park by time we went!

  • $65NZ for two to walk all through the hot springs and get get your lifetime sulfur aromatic therapy. It was nothing like I've ever seen before! On your way out you'll see the two of the best hot springs. Champagne Springs and Devil's bath. My girlfriend and I are pretty fit and saw everything in roughly two hours. That's counting the time we took to take pictures.

  • Awesome place to visit. I would have given 5 stars had it not been for the chaos leading up to the geyser eruption. The eruption is started by a guy so there is no need to panic. Get there just after 9, walk to the champagne lake and get some photos before the crowds. Then grab a coffee and drive to the geyser. Get your good seat and wait. After you will have to drive back to the main car park and that is going to take at least 30 minutes. Then start the walk.

  • Loved the variety of colours and various pools. Lovely well plenty o7n j n j f photos as well as just stopping to admire the scenery. It took us about 2 hours. Is easy walking but not suitable for j wheelchair users. Interesting information boards dotted along the way. Restrooms are at the start of the track only. Parking is a very short walk across the road.

  • Waiotapu really is a thermal wonderland!!! And do take the tips on its website seriously, i.e. take spare camera battery (we didn't and we ran out, but that had never happened to us at other tourist sites!) 😅 We spent 6 hours there! A good thing to do is to buy tickets online so you can go straight to the geyser before it erupts, saving time from parking twice and buying tickets, as the park entrance is away from the geyser. Also you can eat in the park so packing lunch is an option.

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