- Full Park Admission Entrance Ticket (Enter anytime)
- See the Lady Knox Geyser erupt at 10.15am
WHAT TO EXPECT
Thousands of years in the making, the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland has been voted one of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World by Trip Advisor and is well worth a visit while in Rotorua.
Set in a stunning natural landscape approximately 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua, the park is considered to be one of New Zealand's most diverse geothermal attractions.
Take yourself on a self-guided walk through the natural bush setting and explore the huge volcanic craters, sinter terrace formations and steaming vents as well as the coloured hot and cold water springs which include the world famous Champagne Pool.
The magic here lies below the surface. Discover a uniquely different natural landscape and marvel at the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.
A series of clearly marked walking tracks, taking from 30 to 75 minutes, provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the area. Every corner you turn you'll discover unique volcanic vistas that will fascinate all ages.
Lady Knox Geyser
At 10:15 every morning, make sure to witness the unique eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser, which reaches heights of 10 to 20 metres. It is followed by a presentation in the natural amphitheatre, carried out by an informed guide who will educate you about the history and mechanics of the Geyser.
Directions to the Lady Knox Geyser are provided after purchasing tickets from the Visitor Centre - it is approximately a 3-minute drive by car from the centre, where there is also plenty of parking.
Rotorua isn't nicknamed 'Sulphur City' for no reason - the pungent smell is due to dense sulphur deposits from the region's hot bubbling mud pools. Therefore a visit to Wai-O-Tapu would not be complete without visiting the large mud pool located at the site of a large mud volcano, destroyed through erosion in the 1920's. Experience the unique character and sounds of erupting mud, where activity is always 100% evident.
First class facilities include a large cafe and retail centre.
As the reserve is located on the site of an active volcanic area, the undulating terrain may cause difficulties for those with disabilities - therefore please enquire at the ticket desk as to what route to go for to ensure you have the safest possible experience.
Open every day including all Public Holidays:
April-October: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission 3:45pm)
November-March: 8:30am-6:00pm (last admission 4:45pm)
Christmas Day: 8:30 am-5:00 pm (last admission 3:45pm)
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