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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

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Thermal Area

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Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.

Clearly defined tracks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

The nature of the reserve being an active volcanic area and the undulating terrain may present some difficulties for people with various disabilities. We strongly recommend that you enquire at the ticket counter when purchasing your tickets as to what route is best suited for you.



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Overview



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.

Open 365 days of the year including all public holidays.

Other Information
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS is available

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is Smoke Free within the visitor centre and geothermal park.

Tickets to the geothermal park and Lady Knox geyser can be purchased online.

The technical description for this remarkable place is that it’s part of an 18-sq. km active geothermal park at the northern perimeter of the Reporoa Caldera (a collapsed volcanic crater) formed 230,000 years ago within the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

The ‘wow’ factor is much in evidence at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, the place we love to share with visitors from all corners of the globe.

Trip Advisor calls Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ‘one of the most surreal places on earth’ so naturally it’s high on the list of Rotorua’s must-see attractions. A place to marvel at nature’s artistic splendour, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is also committed to providing a safe visitor experience.

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