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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Featured Activities

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $295.00 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. More...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Agrodome Farm Show : Day Tour Around Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Agrodome Farm Show : Day Tour Around Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $174.00 per person

Combine some of New Zealand's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.

Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to the infamous Lady Knox Geyser which regularly erupts every day at 10:15AM.

After which Discover Wai-o-tapu New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area with the opportunity to experience a geothermal wonderland of volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making, then travel to the Agrodome Farm show. guaranteed... More...

Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $329.00 per person

Experience the famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and the geothermal wonders of Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal places on earth) all in one day. This unforgettable combo tour takes you to two of the top attractions in the North Island in small groups to maximize your experience.   

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $173.75 per person

Visit two of Rotorua’s most famous sites, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa (The Living Maori Village), on a private tour with an informative guide when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Marvel at geothermal wonders such as steaming volcanic vents, boiling mud ponds and natural hot pools in an otherworldly range of colors. Then learn about Maori culture and history, and see landmarks including the Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers during your visit to Whakarewarewa village. More...

Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lady Knox Geyser, Day Tour From Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lady Knox Geyser, Day Tour From Rotorua

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $225.00 per person

On this all inclusive small group tour you will visit two of the most visited top attractions in just one day! Wai O Tapu & The Hobbiton Movie Set!

Pick-up from your Rotorua Hotels and accomodation!
Wai O Tapu
Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to the infamous Lady Knox Geyser which regularly erupts every day at 10:15AM. After which Discover Wai-o-tapu ! New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area with the... More...



Lake Rotorua HotelLake Rotorua Hotel - Hotel.

Just a 5-minute drive from Rotorua city centre, Lake Rotorua Hotel features an outdoor heated swimming pool. Each room...

Rotorua Eco Thermal Wonderland Small Group Morning Tour Wai O Tapu Lady Knox Geyser Hot MudRotorua Eco Thermal Wonderland Small Group Morning Tour Wai O Tapu Lady Knox Geyser Hot Mud - Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Rotorua. Starting from $100.00 per person.

On This All Inclusive Small Group Morning Tour, You Will Visit  Wai 'O' Tapu Geothermal Wonderland - infamous...

 

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