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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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 $290.00 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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Absolutely Rotorua

Absolutely Rotorua

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $244.00 per person

Experience Rotorua's most important Sights in an engaging day trip with Headfirst Travel.

Spend the morning in Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. Watch the impressive eruption of Lady Knox Geyser and explore all the unique lakes, pools and craters the park has to offer.  

Afterwards join us on our scenic 1 hour SnapShOt Highlights Tour of Rotorua.
Get to know all the awesome sights the city has to offer. View Rotorua’s first settlement at Ohinemutu. Experience the geothermal... More...


Private Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knoxs Geyser : Champagne Lake : Polynesian Spa or Agrodome Shore Excursion

Private Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knoxs Geyser : Champagne Lake : Polynesian Spa or Agrodome Shore Excursion

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $146.90 per person

Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day Private Charter shore excursion, from the Port of Tauranga.

Visit 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.

In the afternoon you can choose one of the... More...


Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $225.00 per person

Choose between Waiotapu or Oarakei Korako geothermal areas for your first stop on this 6-hour day trip. Then see Huka Falls, Lake Taupo and the surrounding areas. Admission fees to the thermal area of your choice are included, but lunch is at your own expense. This guided small-group tour operates with a maximum of 11 passengers and includes pickup from your centrally located accommodation in Rotorua. More...

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... More...



Emerald Spa Motor InnEmerald Spa Motor Inn - Motel.

Featuring stylish rooms with free WiFi, a spa bath and a flat-screen TV with 50 cable channels, Emerald Spa Motor Inn...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori VillageTauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori Village - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $142.00 per person.

Join an Award Winning tour company on a full day Tauranga Shore Excursion as we visit an...

 

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