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...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $98.95 per person

Our most popular tour ..... Rotorua's best 
While you’re in Port of Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this Rotorua sightseeing tour. See beautiful beaches and million dollar homes, Kiwifruit orchard Tour and fruit tastings before a 45 minute drive to Rotorua.Take in top natural sites of interest such as Blue & Green lakes , view the site of the Tarawera eruption and  Redwood Forest,  gain insight into New Zealand’s diverse plant and animal life.... 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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Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake And Rainbow Springs : Small Group Tour Rotorua

Wai-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.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.  Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Visit... More...


1-Hour Horse Bush Trail Ride on Waiheke Island

1-Hour Horse Bush Trail Ride on Waiheke Island

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...


Rydges RotoruaRydges Rotorua - Hotel.

Located next to Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua features panoramic views across the racecourse and the city....

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

 

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