Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre. We are a cashless site, accepting all major credit and EFTPOS cards.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Elizabeth W
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've never seen anything like it!
    Walking through the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland was an experience like no other. It's so amazing to see the dramatic differences from one spot to the next. We went on a cloudy day, and so some of the colors weren't as vibrant as I'd hoped, but, even with the cloud coverage, this was a 10/10 experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expansive and awesome
    We really enjoyed our visit to Wai-O-Tapu. Before going make sure you check the days of the week and hours they are open, and plan accordingly. There is quite a lot of ground to cover and loop trails of varying lengths. There not so many other visitors when we were there and we definitely saw some unique features. We have been to thermal areas in other countries and these are right up there with the most interesting ones.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Jane C
    185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Epic
    Easy to spent a half day or more here. Plenty of walking if you want to see everything and the sights are varied. Great place to see the thermal areas of this region. Not suitable for people with mobility issues. Can visit just the mud pools for free as they are just up the road. These are assessable to all abilities. The geyser is also at a seperate location to the main site. It is manipulated to go off at a certain time daily and you need a ticket to get to the area. If you ask at the ticket counter at the main site they can mark your ticket for use the next day for the geyser if you missed it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Trail586825
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience
    We loved this experience with our 13 and 11 year old. So many interesting things to see. Sadly we arrived too late for the geyser and talk ( only happens once per day) but still felt the price was appropriate for the walks wedding. Lots of walking so would not recommend for people with mobilty issues or very small children who want to run.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Kiwi A
    New Plymouth, New Zealand101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of colour and steam
    It's definitely worth a visit, with a variety of landscapes and geothermal wonders to see. There are three walks you can do: 45 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes - I did the 45min-walk and that was plenty. I also saw the Lady Knox Geyser, which isn't much to see: it's set off in a way that makes me wonder about the health and safety of the staff, and lasts for maybe two minutes? Worth seeing if you're there for the morning show but the real selling point is the thermal wonderland walk. There's a cafe and toilets on-site, and plenty of parking.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Exploration826854
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit when in Rotorua!
    Stunning! A must when visiting Rotorua! Not too far from downtown Rotorua. Took about an hour to go through the park, including the geyser. I’ve been to Yellowstone National Park in the United States and while it had similarities, it was uniquely beautiful and well worth my time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 October 2023
  • kylie w
    Sydney, Australia6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in NZ
    This is an astonishing place to visit. Well worth the effort. there isn't any point getting there before 10:00am as the safety talk etc all occurs at the Lady Knox Geyser. It doesn't start right on 10am so if you are short on time it's worth planning around this. Some people walked from the entry building to the Geyser which is in a different direction but it's longer than you imagine and most walkers had to grab a lift with one of the passing cars, not a walk for children. We had a wonderful time as a family and even with lots of people in the park it never feels crowded. They didn't have maps available which was a pity, you could take a picture of a map they had on display but that didn't really work. It is ceratinly different to the other geo thermal sites we saw and were really glad we had gone. It's all easy walking and well set up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • UdayDesai
    Vadodara, India74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Visit
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Thermal park. We reached in time for the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15 am. The best part was the Artist Palette pool during the first loop walk. Lovely colours!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Pippa H
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating geology - must see
    Beautiful and fascinating geology. If you're in the area you should definitely go here to understand more about the geothermal activity in the area and see some beautiful geysers. There are multiple route options depending on how long you want to stay for, although it you have time I would recommend doing the longest one as some of the cooler stuff is at the end, like the green lake.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Smoltman
    Courtenay, Canada10,630 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing site
    This Thermal site is indeed a wonderland. The colours of the cauldrons, ponds and lakes are superb. They are constantly changing with the sun and cloud movement. The mist also brings its own intricate designs. A few up and down stairs but not too strenuous. Well worth a visit- we spent over 2 hours here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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evenstar944
New York City, NY304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I got to this park right around opening and decided to skip the 10 am Lady Knox Geyser in hopes to have less crowds and people along the walkways which worked out nicely. There are three circuit walks. Due to being short on time, I took the shortest one which is approximately 1 hour at a slow pace. This takes you to a lot of the main and most asthetically pleasing geothermal sights. Although it was an overcast day and the colors were most likely not as vibrant, I still had a great experience. Throughout this otherworldly looking park you will see various colored ponds, craters, steam, silica terraces, and bubbling mud. My favorite areas were the Champagne Pool, Artist's Palette and the electric green Devil's Bath. Also, just outside the main park there is a mud pool that is a must see as well.
Written 4 July 2024
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Darlene M
North Nowra28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The park was very interesting. We visited on a day when it was raining but it was still worth visiting. The paths were well marked and the geothermal formations were great to see. Champagne Pool did not disappoint. The Lady Knox geyser was worth seeing!
Written 22 May 2024
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Dot H
Ipswich, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Spectacular examples of geothermal activity with escaping steam, strange coloured pools and interesting rock formations. We took the long walk around which took us about 90 minutes. Varied terrain with fair few steps in some places - not suitable if you have mobility issues
Written 18 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland was breath taking. The scenery is stunning, and the walk-ways are clearly marked - making it easy to find your way around all 3 walking tracks. Also, it was lovely to see so many Māori staff who were kind and welcoming. Will definitely return in the future. Mauri ora!
Written 10 May 2024
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Craig T
Invercargill, New Zealand4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A very unique walk as if you were on another planet. Would recommend and the geyser was a nice way to finish the visit. Some of the signage a little confusing but you get there eventually.
Written 3 May 2024
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Lotta N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Total rip off. Don't go there!!! We spent over 200 NZ dollars on tickets for something you can see for free in the nature around the area anyway.
Written 22 April 2024
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cathryn
Home Hill, Australia50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Definitely interesting & a beautiful walk. I will say - if you’re not that fit - it’s a struggle walking back. Not wheelchair or pram friendly at all. For a family of 5 - was just under $200-AU. We spent a good 3 hours there. Gift shop is beautiful too.
Written 22 April 2024
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2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Had not been here for many years - was a great place to bring my visiting buddy from the USA. We did all three walks - well worth the time and energy involved!
Written 22 April 2024
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love-travel-enjoy
Sydney, Australia28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is anazing place to visit. The sheer raw nature exposed to us is quite breathtaking. The geysers and the boiling mud pools just reminds us of how intense mother earth can be. Lots of great sights which are very unique to NZ
Written 18 April 2024
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stella j
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We came for another visit to Waiotapu having been here over 25 years ago! We loved seeing the Lady Knox geyser again and especially with the beautiful young lady singing in Māori. It was just as much a spectacle seeing it again! The rest of the geothermal area did not disappoint, make sure you do the longer trek and the bushwalk area down to see the green lake. The champagne pool was amazing too even second time around. Overall a great experience and the visitor centre facilities have improved a lot over the years. After all those steps, the cafe t was able to supply good coffee, pie and cake!
Written 18 April 2024
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