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Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland Tickets

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  • Huge volcanic craters and world-famous Champagne Pool
  • 26 Unique natural features
  • Largest Sinter Terrace in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Lady Knox Geyser Eruption everyday
  • Only 1.5 hours to cover the entire park
  • Pre-purchase ticket for express entry
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One of Rotorua's most essential attractions, Wai-o-Tapu is an incredibly colourful grouping of hot springs, geysers, pools and more that's amazing to see! Located just 20 minutes from Rotorua city, Wai-o-Tapu offers a variety of volcanic spectacles each with their own distinct character, shape and texture formed purely by the forces of nature - it's the most colourful geothermal in all of New Zealand and provides visitors with some great angles and viewpoints for snapping some amazing photos of its offerings. Tickets to Wai-o-Tapu will allow you the freedom to explore the grounds at your own pace; explore the three separate tracks that each emphasize a different aspect of the grounds including perhaps its most famous site - the Champagne Pools, a bubbling hot spring around 65 metres wide with a striking orange border and vibrant, bubble-filled water contained within.

Add to this the array of geysers spouting their contents high into the air, wooden bridges crossing directly through the heart of thermal hotspots, and much more, Wai-o-Tapu is home to everything a traveller could want out of a natural Rotorua travel experience. If you're looking to explore our #1 rated Rotorua attraction up close, book your tickets to Wai-o-Tapu online today.

Inclusions

  • General Admission into Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Lady Know Geyser Eruption at 10.15am every day
  • Comprehensive Guide Map - available in Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Korean, German, Russian & Czech
  • Gift Shop
  • Geyser Cafe
  • Picnic areas

Exclusions

  • Transfers are not included

Highlights

  • Visitors follow well defined tracks through bush and geothermal features in New Zealand’s largest hydrothermal area
  • Unique flora and fauna
  • Walks range from 30 minutes (1.5km) to 75 minutes (3km) - your choice, your time frame
  • Guided tours are Free of Charge for groups of 10 or more paying customers (by prior arrangement only)
  • Comprehensive Guide Map in English with translations in 11 different languageses
  • Geothermal Area - Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction
  • Lady Knox Geyser - At 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 amphitheatre
  • Mud Pool - Your visit to Wai-O-Tapu would not be complete without taking the opportunity to visit what is locally known as the Mud Pool. This was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion

Time

  • 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)

Location

  • 201 Waiotapu Loop Road RD 3, Rotorua 3073

Additional Information

  • Under 5 years are free

How To Get There

From Rotorua

  • Travel south along the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5) towards Taupo for 27km (20 mins drive) until you reach the Waiotapu Tavern. Turn left opposite the tavern and travel 2km to reach Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

From Taupo

  • Travel north along the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5) towards Rotorua for 53km (40 mins drive). Turn right where signposted and travel a further 1km to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Distance & Approximate Travel Times

  • Auckland - Rotorua (234kms) - 3.5hrs
  • Hamilton - Rotorua (107kms) - 1.75hrs
  • Wellington - Rotorua (460kms) - 6.5hrs
  • Rotorua - Wai O Tapu (27kms) - 20mins
  • Taupo - Wai O Tapu (53kms) - 40 mins

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the tour
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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James Tye 1 month ago We actually preferred this thermal park over Waimungu. It is a must visit when in Rotorua or Taupo. We spent 1 hour 45 minutes wandering around, there is so much to see and learn about. Using the experience oz ticket was quick and easy. It also worked out cheaper than buying on the door.
We actually preferred this thermal park over Waimungu
James Tye 1 month ago

We actually preferred this thermal park over Waimungu. It is a must visit when in Rotorua or Taupo. We spent 1 hour 45 minutes wandering around, there is so much to see and learn about. Using the experience oz ticket was quick and easy. It also worked out cheaper than buying on the door.

This is my third time going there but first time experience for my kids
John 4 months ago

This is my third time going there but first time experience for my kids. Though they are not fond of the sulphur smell in the park, we took the opportunity to teach them on the minerals that cause different colours in the thermal park. This is a good and memorable educational tour and sceneries for the kids.

Absolutely beautiful place
Joseph Loloi 4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful place. Not only is it a great workout, but it’s an awe-inspiring place that will give you a greater understanding of how much our planet is alive. Try to make the 10:15 am Geiser eruption which is incredible. And booking was easy on Experience Oz.

Wow
Mariko Punnoose 4 months ago

Wow, what an experience! I visited Thermal wonderland for the first time and it was breathtaking. The place was so much bigger than I expected, the shape and colour of the ground were simply amazing. Easy access to the place by car & easy walk on the wooden walkway. Highly recommended!

My husband and I visited Wai O Tapu several days ago
Michelle 6 months ago

My husband and I visited Wai O Tapu several days ago. It was one of the few things we chose to do whilst in Rotorua for a wedding with limited time, and I'm so glad we chose this attraction. The park is large and there is so much to see - heaps of geothermal activity along with beautiful walks. There is a gift shop and cafe also on-site. Would highly recommend this for all ages. There is quite a lot of walking, but you can see as little or as much as you want. Be sure to get there before 10.15am to see the Lady Knox Geyser bubble over/erupt!

The Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland is definitely a must do when visiting Rotorua with the Family
Jack Rowe 6 months ago

The Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland is definitely a must do when visiting Rotorua with the Family. We got there before 10:15 am so that we could see the Lady Knox Geyser go off, which was cool to see and learn about. We then did the biggest walk around the park which was well worth the effort to do it with an 18-month-old. The walk took us about 2 hours including stopping to look at everything and to rest. Great experience for everyone who enjoys nature and the little one enjoyed the walk through the bush and in nature!

The Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland is about a 30-minute drive south of Rotorua on the State Highway 5 (the Thermal Explorer Highway) and the Wai O Tapu Loop Road turnoff is well signed
Darryl Heckelmann 10 months ago

The Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland is about a 30-minute drive south of Rotorua on the State Highway 5 (the Thermal Explorer Highway) and the Wai O Tapu Loop Road turnoff is well signed. The Lady Knox Geyser is well worth seeing. Get there early to get a good seat. Mind the wind direction or you might get wet! As for the Geothermal Park, take your time wandering the paths taking it all in. It’s like being on another planet. Read all the plaques as they are very educational. Don’t forget the mud pool. The bubble popping sounds are quite soothing. A must-see in NZ.

We bought our tickets online and headed straight to the Lady Knox Geyser for 10:15 am
Kay 11 months ago

We bought our tickets online and headed straight to the Lady Knox Geyser for 10:15 am. There was a short intro and then the Geyser went off. We then headed to the main entrance to enter the thermal wonderland. Fantastic attraction, highly recommend and the Devil's bath is a must see.

This was my second visit
Corrie Jacobs 1 year ago

This was my second visit. My daughter is visiting from South Africa and I just had to show her this Thermal Wonderland. You must plan your day to be there at 10 to see the Lady Knox Geyser, which was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the experience with all the interesting colours and smells. One of the highlights was the bubbling mud pools on your way out.

Our day started with an introduction to the park from a really funny tour guide
Joey 1 year ago

Our day started with an introduction to the park from a really funny tour guide, who told us all about the Lady Knox geyser and the history of the land. This was really interesting and fascinating to learn about. We had front row seats to the geyser erupting and got some great shots! After the geyser erupted we headed down to the park entrance, where we got our tickets and a map of the park and headed on through. We did the full walk round the red, orange and yellow track in just under 2 hours. The highlights of the tour were the nearly luminous green devils' baths, the orange champagne pools and the waterfall at the end. We had a great time exploring the thermal wonderland and would definitely recommend it, but just be warned... it's a little on the smelly side! The sulphur really does have a strong smell and after a while can get a bit overpowering but if you can get over that then it's all good! The gift shop is also very good at selling a range of items and some really nice wooden sculptures and boxes which we purchased. Overall a really good, interesting day out.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is regarded as New Zealand’s most colourful, and diverse geothermal area!
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