|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...
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 attractions below to visit. Your group can split... More...
Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Rotorua - Starting from $180.00 per person
Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.
In the morning we make our way to 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, all combined with the Lady Knox Geyser and the largest mud pool in New Zealand.
In the Afternoon we make our way to Te Puia, where you will be submerged in the Maori stories, arts... More...
Sightseeing Cruise - Wanaka - Starting from $110.00 per person
Come and join us on a trip to our favourite place on Lake Wanaka, Mou Waho Island.Where you can find an island, on a lake, on an island, on a lake, on an island on the sea! Mou Waho Island is a protected nature reserve and is home to many native New Zealand birds including the curious and flightless Weka. A short walk takes you to the top of the island where you will be exposed to breathtaking panoramic views of the Arethusa pool, Lake Wanaka and its surrounding peaks.
Our water taxi leaves... More...
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.
Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of... More...
YHA Rotorua is located next to Kuirau Park which features geothermal activity. This affordable accommodation offers an...