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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This week's featured activities in Waiotapu are:

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...

Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako Thermal Explorer

Air Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $565.00 per person

By Floatplane, from above Mount Tarawera impressive views include vast volcanic rifts, distant national parks and our treasured lakes. Flying south we gain an appreciation of what local Maori term the ‘Sisters of Fire’, where volcanic activity has pierced the earth surface across the fault line forming the reserves of Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu which, when viewed from above display a spectacular pallet of nature’s most vibrant colours. Landing at Orakei Korako, ‘the Hidden Valley’, is an amazing... More...

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - 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...

Ultimate 2 Day: Hobbiton: Waitomo Caves: Mitai Maori Experience: Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Area: Agrodome: Pick up from Auckland

Ultimate 2 Day: Hobbiton: Waitomo Caves: Mitai Maori Experience: Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Area: Agrodome: Pick up from Auckland

Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Auckland - Starting from $1100.00 per person

This is a luxury all inclusive small group charter 2 day tour from Auckland.

Your tour includes: Transport in a luxury Mercedes minibus, 4 Star Hotel room for 1 nights stay, All entrance fees to all attractions described & Personal driver/guide.
The Tour includes the following venues:

  1. Waitomo Glowworm Caves with official Guide
  2. Hobbiton Movies Set in Matamata with official Guide
  3. Mitai Maori Evening... More...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake and The Living Maori Village Small Group Tour

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake and The Living Maori Village Small Group Tour

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $178.00 per person

Combine two of Rotorua'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 explore the Living... More...


Aquarius lake view resortAquarius lake view resort - Holiday Home.

Featuring lake views, Aquarius lake view resort features accommodation with a terrace and a kettle, around 2.2 km from...

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland - Multi-day Tour - Auckland. Starting from $500.00 per person.

Enjoy the best of the North Island on board your exclusive van with driver on this 2 day Private Transfers and Tours...

 

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