|Waiotapu Geothermal Area - Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua New Zealand - Champagne Pool, Primrose Terrace, Lady Knox Geyser.|
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.
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
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!
See a complete list of Waiotapu activities.
This week's featured activities in Waiotapu are:
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...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $145.00 per person
Visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion including a Hangi Lunch. Tour with a local Maori guide and learn about how the villagers have adapted to the harsh geothermal environment. You tour will also include visits to a working kiwi fruit orchard, the Redwood forest, famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 travelers per booking. More...
Maori - Auckland - Starting from $585.00 per person
Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Huka Falls & Taupo!
Be guided through the galaxy of glowworms at the world-famous Waitomo caves. Journey through Middle Earth on the award-winning Hobbiton movie set tour. Experience the truly amazing geothermal activity of Rotorua and the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a true 'hotspot' of wonder!
All this on a 2 day fully guided small group with one of our exceptional guides, in a comfortable vehicle that takes care of you in style. More...
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...
Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $357.00 per person
The geothermal area of Rotorua and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are must-see destinations for any traveler to the North Island of New Zealand. Your guide accompanies you to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia for an immersive cultural experience, then takes you to Lake Rotorua after a cafe lunch. You'll experience the awe-inspiring magic of tiny glowworms on a boat ride into the caves and learn about their natural history. More...
Oak Ridge Cottage
- Bed and Breakfast.
Oak Ridge Cottage is located in Kaharoa, just 22 km from central Rotorua and 27 km from Rotorua Airport.