Wai-o-tapu Thermal WonderlandCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland - Review
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 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
90.59% of people who visit Rotorua include Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
88.98% 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
92.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua Reviews
Slightly out of the way from Rotorua but worth the drive out. The walk takes 1-2 hours and you see a variety of geothermal landscapes. Most impressive things to me were the oyster pool, hot waterfall at the far side of the track, bright green pool and of course the famous champagne pool. Good information boards and paper guide map. You can see the geyser erupt if you come in the morning, but it is by far most busy at that time. I went after 3pm and it was more peaceful and nice.
Well maintained and laid out walks through thermal pools and hot springs. Easily done in a half day. Many of the walks afford nice views of the surrounding countryside in addition to the pools of hot water. Some stair climbing and trail walking required, so could be limiting for visitors in wheelchairs. Nevertheless, lots of springs and pools reachable by boardwalk. Prepare for lots of sulphur smells!
An excellent attraction to view the thermal pools of water and mud. The walk is clearly marked. We did the main walk loop which had all the major thermal pools. They claim to be the only attraction with colourful thermal pools. We had a senior with us and she was also able to walk the track. The best section is the boardwalk across one of their largest thermal pool which has a temperature of over 100 degrees Celsius. The steam from this pool while walking across the boardwalk makes it awesome and a great photo opportunity. Please note this boardwalk is an open boardwalk with no barricades on either side so the kids need to be strictly supervised. Be patient as everyone likes to stop in the middle to take a photo. The walk is stroller friendly as long as it has gravel suitable wheels on it. The walk has a slight uphill and downhill gradient so closed shoes are a must.
This place is amazing! The walks are clearly marked and you can chose to take the normal route or extended ones deeper into the park. I highly recommend going to ALL the stations. There is even a small waterfall and do look closely all the time. You’d be amazed what Mother Nature can create over time. My pictures don’t do it justice and if you can come earlier do go to Lady Knox Geyser where they can induct the eruption everyday at 10:15am sharp. Go earlier to get a good vantage point as it can be crowded.
Came with my grandma who is 80 and my parents around 60 years old they all love it. My grandma only went to the first green circuit but it was enough to impress her. Most of the beautiful sites can b seen on the first circuit but we went to all three and were very happy