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...

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $145.00 per person

Visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion including a Hangi Lunch. Tour with a local Maori guide and learn about how the villagers have adapted to the harsh geothermal environment. You tour will also include visits to a working kiwi fruit orchard, the Redwood forest, famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 travelers per booking.


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North Island Favorites Tour from Auckland in Small Groups (2 Days)

North Island Favorites Tour from Auckland in Small Groups (2 Days)

Maori - Auckland - Starting from $585.00 per person

Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Huka Falls & Taupo!

Be guided through the galaxy of glowworms at the world-famous Waitomo caves. Journey through Middle Earth on the award-winning Hobbiton movie set tour.  Experience the truly amazing geothermal activity of Rotorua and the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a true 'hotspot' of wonder! 

All this on a 2 day fully guided small group with one of our exceptional guides, in a comfortable vehicle that takes care of you in style. More...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake and The Living Maori Village Small Group Tour

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake and The Living Maori Village Small Group Tour

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $178.00 per person

Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.

Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to 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,

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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $357.00 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...


Oak Ridge CottageOak Ridge Cottage - Bed and Breakfast.

Oak Ridge Cottage is located in Kaharoa, just 22 km from central Rotorua and 27 km from Rotorua Airport.

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from AucklandRotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland - Day Tour - Auckland. Starting from $357.00 per person.

The geothermal area of Rotorua and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are must-see destinations for any traveler to the North...

 

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