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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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

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.

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Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

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...

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission

Natural Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $32.50 per person

Explore one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. From the visitor center, walk at your own pace on trails that lead past bubbling mud pools, huge volcanic craters, steaming lakes and natural hot pools in a surreal range of colors. Learn about the volcanic activity that created this area from informative displays along the trails, and receive a complimentary souvenir guidebook. There's also a cafe, shop, picnic area and lookout point where you... More...

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $199.00 per person

Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You will take a slow amble to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at around 10:15am.

After a lunch at the Wai-O-Tapu cafe you will take a short... More...

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $331.00 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...


Rotorua Views B&B/ApartmentRotorua Views B&B/Apartment - Bed and Breakfast.

Rotorua Views B&B/Apartment is located in Rotorua, 750 metres from Rotorua International Stadium and 5 km from central...

Ultimate 2 Day: Hobbiton: Waitomo Caves: Mitai Maori Experience: Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Area: Agrodome: Pick up from AucklandUltimate 2 Day: Hobbiton: Waitomo Caves: Mitai Maori Experience: Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Area: Agrodome: Pick up from Auckland - Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Auckland. Starting from $1100.00 per person.

This is a luxury all inclusive small group charter 2 day tour from Auckland.

Your tour includes: Transport in...

 

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