|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 $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. More...
Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $188.00 per person
Geothermal Highlights Tour
If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.
Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.
Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little... 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. More...
Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $174.00 per person
Combine some of New Zealand'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, then travel to the Agrodome Farm show. guaranteed... More...
Overnight Tour - Auckland - Starting from $860.00 per person
Join this exciting 2-day tour for the chance to visit the Hobbiton Move Set, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves! Experience a wide range of unique activities, local culture and geothermal activity. Admission fees, accommodation, and most meals included. More...
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is ideally situated just a short 5-minute walk from Rotorua town centre. This New Zealand owned...