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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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $284.00 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.

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Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua

Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link Shuttle Tour from Rotorua

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $79.00 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 Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and/or Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also add on the Hobbiton Movie Set tour in the afternoon.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland includes Lady Knox Geyser and your chance to walk around on your own and explore all the unique lakes, pools, craters and walkways that the park has to offer.

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Shore Excursion: Rotorua City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: Rotorua City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Tauranga

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $99.00 per person

If you want to visit any of the famous attractions in Rotorua on your own, then our unique Rotorua Explorer tour is for you.  With 5 drop off points covering 12 main attractions, you can choose what to do plus receive a 10% discount on entry fees to the major attractions. More...

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $320.00 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...

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Wildlife - Rotorua - Starting from $265.00 per person

Marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic geology as you see the steaming cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the boiling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu and the gushing geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park. Wrap up on the Waikato River with a jet boat ride full of high-speed tricks and turns that will make you shriek with delight. Your 6-hour tour of Rotorua’s natural wonders includes short walks in incredible geothermal landscapes and a thrilling jet boat ride in one of the most scenic parts of the country. More...


Pohutu Vista B&BPohutu Vista B&B - Bed and Breakfast.

Pohutu Vista B&B is set in Rotorua, 2.1 km from Rotorua International Stadium. Free private parking is available on...

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private DriverPrivate Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private Driver - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $1000.00 per person.

Enjoy a full-day private charter to allow you to custom build your individual tour. Travel in a luxury Mercedes mini...

 

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