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...

Rotoura Experience Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Rotoura Experience Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $180.00 per person

1-day tour of the geothermal wonderland and adventure playground of Rotorua (North Island's top tourist destination). This tour shows you the top sites of Rotorua, gives you the flexibility to add the some of the famous attractions/ activities if you choose, or have some free time to explore on your own. Activities you can purchase include:  Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu, Polynesian Spa or Skyline entrance and Gondola.. 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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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland & Hobbiton Movie Set - Excursion from Auckland

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland & Hobbiton Movie Set - Excursion from Auckland

Movie Tour - Auckland - Starting from $500.00 per person

Visit two of the top destinations in New Zealand in one exciting day trip!
Explore Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland featuring the largest mud pool in New Zealand, Eruption of Lady Knox Geyser and a walk through the Geothermal Valley to explore one of the most surreal places on Earth, The Champagne Lake.
We then head to Matamata and experience the real Middle-earth in a 2 hour fully guided tour inside the Hobbiton Movie Set, take photo's inside The Hobbit Holes & taste the locally brewed cider... More...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $82.00 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 Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also like to add on a Hobbiton Movie Set, Huka Falls, Wai-O-Tapu or Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village Tour in the afternoon.

All tours include transport which is fully commentated by one of our legendary BALL team Driver-Guides.

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Hamurana LodgeHamurana Lodge - Hotel.

Hamurana Lodge offers accommodation with free WiFi and views of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Guests enjoy a day spa...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake And Rainbow Springs : Small Group Tour RotoruaWai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake And Rainbow Springs : Small Group Tour Rotorua - Day Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $178.00 per person.

Visit 2 of New Zealand's most popular attractions - A full-day small group tour from Rotorua....

 

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