Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

'One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World' - Trip Advisor. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal area

Rotorua, New Zealand
3 hrs
Start time
8:00 am
Pick up & Drop off
Not included
Minimum age
All ages
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FromNZD $29
ValueNZD $33SAVE 11%
Child (5yrs-15 yrs): NZD $11
Family (2 A+ 3C): NZD $85
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What's Included

  • Full Park Admission Entrance Ticket (Enter anytime)
  • See the Lady Knox Geyser erupt at 10.15am


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

Geothermal Area 

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. 

Mud Pool 

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. 


Opening Times

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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Please bring the voucher to the ticket counter when entering the park

Cancellation Policy:

Cancel anytime 48 hours prior to expiry of voucher for 85% refund.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand


FromNZD $29
ValueNZD $33SAVE 11%
Child (5yrs-15 yrs): NZD $11
Family (2 A+ 3C): NZD $85
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