|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...
Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $50.00 per person
Visit the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand on this half day afternoon tour perfect for those with a tight schedule!
The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. The Waikato river is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and it drains Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in all of Australasia.
At the Huka Falls, the Waikato River which is normally 100m wide, is forced through a 20 metre wide gorge and over a... More...
Horse Riding - Auckland - Starting from $120.00 per person
You will meet famous horses that featured in the movie trilogy The Hobbit as well as movies 10,000BC and Warriors Way!
You will experience the beauty of Waiheke Island from the back of one of these amazing horses! You will get mounted and set out on a guided horse ride through beautiful New Zealand native bush tracks with stunning views. As part of your experience you will be introduced to the special cultural and historical landscape of Waiheke, which includes an ancient Pa site and wahi... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $199.00 per person
Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You will take a slow amble to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at around 10:15am.
After a lunch at the Wai-O-Tapu cafe you will take a short drive... More...
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:
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves with official Guide
- Hobbiton Movies Set in Matamata with official Guide
- Mitai Maori Evening... More...
Holdens Bay Holiday Park
Holdens Bay Holiday Park offers an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ facilities and accommodation with a patio and free WiFi....