Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Discover the surreal volcanic landscape of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a natural geothermal area stretching over 18 sq km (7 sq mi). Choose one of three self-guided trails, each of which boasts numerous colorful lakes, rock formations, and mud pools. Enjoy the vivid hues of the geothermal pools, and take stunning shots of the eerie, sulphuric hot springs. The visitor center provides amenities, including a cafe and gift shop. Before you head to Rotorua, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rotorua trip planner, to make sure you see all that Rotorua has to offer, including Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
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  • Beautiful park to visit, with the amazing Lady Knox geyser to admire, presented by an as amazing Lady Jonelle who tells the story like no one ! 
    Beautiful park to visit, with the amazing Lady Knox geyser to admire, presented by an as amazing Lady Jonelle who tells the story like no one !  more »
  • Glad to be the very first visitor at the grand reopening!! First, about the park itself: the walks are very interesting, well mapped, and make you see plenty of different points of interests which... 
    Glad to be the very first visitor at the grand reopening!! First, about the park itself: the walks are very interesting, well mapped, and make you see plenty of different points of interests which...  more »
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  • If you are into geo thermal springs and gasses coming out of the ground this is the place for you. I would not say this place is "Beautiful" but it definitely gives an alien world vibe. You can walk 100 meters and the entire scenery changes around you. We though there would be a strong sulfur smell to the entire place but it was only in certain locations and somewhat mild. As a bonus we got to see Shaggy and Velma in the Mystery machine!
  • The ticket is a bit expensive but it’s awesome to experience the sulphur lakes and geysers. There’s a lot to see and you won’t find anything else like it in NZ

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