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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Road | RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
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+64 7-366 6333
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"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor...

"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor

THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
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US$109.50*
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A LOT of walking; but each step was worth it

When my party suggested this Park; I was a little hesitant... it sounded like a lot of walking. But I decided to try it anyway - how often does one actually get to go thru a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

When my party suggested this Park; I was a little hesitant... it sounded like a lot of walking. But I decided to try it anyway - how often does one actually get to go thru a Geothermal park, right? Right... but oh how my legs ached after that. It was an amazing experience to see how amazing Mother Nature is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So, by this point in our trip, we had been rained on for days and were tired of the exorbitant price of NZ attractions. So here we are in Wai-O-Tapu, having driven in the rain and presented with the cost of admission... I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WE PAID. This is one of the main reasons to go to Rotorua,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such an interesting place to visit. A must see for those wanting to learn more about the geothermal activity in the area, or even for those just wanting a beautiful day out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice active geothermal park,it takes about 20 minutes driving from town and make sure you will arrive before 10am to see the Lady Knox geyser,worth to go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trails take you to different areas of thermal color and wonder. Each are beautiful and unique. The sulphuric smell can be rough for those who are sensitive to odors but for the average person it is well worth a bit of stinkiness to see these amazing pools.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This atraction is absolutely worth it. One of the best things to see in Rotorua location. And its not to expensive. around 33 Dolars entrence. Go there,!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved it here, it was fascinating to see the bubbling mud and geysers. Once you got used to the smell it was great! There are different colour coded trails of different abilities around the park with fab views on different levels. Nice cafe too for refreshments afterwards!

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Maple Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Thermal Wonderland is a must see for the North Island. The bubbling mud puddles were mesmerizing! The geyser isn't a big deal though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this wonderland and were not disappointed by the well laid out walk and all the sights to be seen.....amazing photo opportunity. The entrance was on the expensive side but we did enjoy it and was probably worth the high price,and the venue was clean and tidy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A cool thing to see but its expensive in my opinion. You're basically paying $30 to smell really bad egg farts...

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