Waiotapu Geothermal Area - Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua New Zealand - Champagne Pool, Primrose Terrace, Lady Knox Geyser.
Primrose Terrace, Waiotapu, Rotorua

Waiotapu

Approximately 20 minutes south of Rotorua, Waiotapu is the region's most colourful thermal park. Wai-O-Tapu means "Sacred Water" and it is easy to see why. Hot pools range in hues of turquoise blue and rich green to burnt orange and sulphuric yellow, making the steaming waters of Waiotapu a dazzling must-see. Experience unique sinter terrace formations clad in primal native bush, spectacular views over mysterious craters, erupting mud pools, as well as world famous attractions, Champagne Pool and Lady Know Geyser.

Champagne Pool, Waiotapu, Rotorua

Champagne Pool

The spectacular Champagne Pool is a magnificent example of the vibrant colours caused by mineral and silicate interference. Bubbling CO2 rises from the deep green of the spring, while heavy metal sulphides precipitate at the edges to form a brilliant orange ring. Follow the pool down to where it spills over a waterfall of ethereal beauty and trickles over the surface of Primrose Terrace towards Bridal Veil Falls.

Lady Knox Geyser, Waiotapu, Rotorua

Lady Knox Geyser

If the awesome spurting of boiling hot water inspires you, head to see Lady Knox, a geyser of both scientific and historical interest. Bursting from its white, conical mound of silica at 10:15am daily, Lady Knox has a special trick to her timely eruptions! Discovered by a gang of prisoners washing their clothes in the early 1900s, the geyser erupted, shooting hot water 20 meters into the air after the men had unwittingly poured soap into the spout. Now all it takes to get old Lady Knox firing is a bit of soap every day at roughly 10am!




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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $290.00 per person

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit the Lake Tarawera lookout and see boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Along the way, you'll learn all about volcanology, New Zealand's stunning flora and fauna, and Maori history from your naturalist guide.

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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Tour from Auckland

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Tour from Auckland

Overnight Tour - Auckland - Starting from $840.00 per person

Join this exciting 2-day tour for the chance to visit the Hobbiton Move Set, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves! Experience a wide range of unique activities, local culture and geothermal activity. Admission fees, accommodation, and most meals included. More...

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Wildlife - Rotorua - Starting from $199.00 per person

Marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic geology as you see the steaming cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the boiling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu and the gushing geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park. Wrap up on the Waikato River with a jet boat ride full of high-speed tricks and turns that will make you shriek with delight. Your 6-hour tour of Rotorua’s natural wonders includes short walks in incredible geothermal landscapes and a thrilling jet boat ride in one of the most scenic parts of the country. More...

Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua

Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $79.00 per person

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your options include half or full-day tours to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and/or Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also add on the Hobbiton Movie Set tour in the afternoon.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland includes Lady Knox Geyser and your chance to walk around on your own and explore all the unique lakes, pools, craters and walkways that the park has to offer.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Natural Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $32.50 per person

Explore one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. From the visitor center, walk at your own pace on trails that lead past bubbling mud pools, huge volcanic craters, steaming lakes and natural hot pools in a surreal range of colors. Learn about the volcanic activity that created this area from informative displays along the trails, and receive a complimentary souvenir guidebook. There's also a cafe, shop, picnic area and lookout point where you... More...


Santa Maria MotelSanta Maria Motel - Motel.

Set on 1 acre of gardens just 5 minutes’ drive from Rotorua, Santa Maria Motel offers free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a...

Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from RotoruaThermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua - Day Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $79.00 per person.

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your...

 

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