Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.
From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic MTB biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.
Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.
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Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction – just a short drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks.
Wai-O-Tapu – Thousands of Years in the Making…
“One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World” Trip Advisor
Explore spectacular nature at New Zealand’s most colourful natural volcanic park. Walks through this unique geothermal area take between 30 and 75 minutes and provide a wide range of amazing photo opportunities at features including the world famous Champagne Pool, naturally coloured hot and cold springs, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.
The natural bush setting, the Lady Knox Geyser erupting daily at 10.15 am and the nearby ever active “Mud Pool” add other dimensions to the experience. The first class Visitor Centre incorporates cafe and retail facilities, and there are picnic areas and plenty of parking. Wai-O-Tapu is situated just 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua, or 40 minutes drive north of Taupo on State Highway 5.
facilities Hours Open every day including Public Holidays:April-October: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission 3:45 pm)November-March: 8:30am-6:00pm (last admission 4:45pm)Christmas Day: 8:30 am-1:00 pm (last admission 11:45 am) Months Open all year Price Range $32.50 – $32.50