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Waiotapu thermal wonderland and rotarua Qs

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Waiotapu thermal wonderland and rotarua Qs

Hi, We are travelling to NZ in April for the first time. We only have 6 days so are concentrating on central North Island. We have 3 kids 9, 7 and 2. How long would we need to spend at Waiotapu? I can see there are 3 walking tracks and bearing in mind the kids walking and 2 yr old walking/being carried, how long should we spend here and any info on which tracks we should do 1, 2, 3 so the kids maintain interest?

Also we were thinking of spending 2 nights in Rotarua. What are the must-dos here. We are meeting friends in Taupo for the next 2 nights. Is it recommended to see the other thermal place where you catch the 2min boat ride - is that the one that has alot of stairs down to a light blue pool?

I thought the kids would like the gondola and luge rides - would that be best done in the morning, lunch at the top of the gondola then a thermal wonderland if the arvo?

Suggestions please!

Thanks

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1. Re: Waiotapu thermal wonderland and rotarua Qs

Wai-o-tapu is a great place but not really so much if you have kids. The ground is hot and the water is even hotter. If you go with them keep them close!

It will take about 2 hours with the kids to walk thru the whole park. You want to see it all. If you want to see some free stuff there is a big park in the middle of the city with mud pools and thermal pools and such but not the nice mineral colors like the thermal parks. Waiamangu or something like that is the other thermal park. It is a 3km easy/medium walk to the bottom of the park along the only thermal activity that has been studied since the day it happend. There is a boat tour at the bottom around the lake and you can also buy the option to take a bus back up. Wai-o-tapu is the cheaper of the 2 but there both there own special things. In between the 2 just off the highway there is a gravel road (old wai-o tapu rd) that if you follow for 5km there is a hot water creek that you can soak in for free. Don't let your head go under though. Its clean water but parisites thrive in the hot water and it can create a big problem if it gets in your ears. If you can, go in the morning to the thermal parks. The bus's start coming and it can get really busy at times.

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2. Re: Waiotapu thermal wonderland and rotarua Qs

Thanks, I'll have a look at the other park too

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The walks in both Orakei Korako & Waiotapu may be a little too much for young children. Most people see Waiotapu in a couple of hours but I have known guests to spend six hours or more. Waimungu is an easy 3.5.km walk and the bus back is included in the family price. If you do the whole package and include a boat trip the family cost is $160. It is considerably less without the boat trip but the boat trip is well worthwhile. An advantage in Waimungu is that the bus stops at several point so if the children are tired, it is possible to hop on the bus. Waikite hot pools are a fun family stop in that area.

The Agrodome sheep show/ farm tour is well worthwhile.

Te Puia is quite a good place for families and you can also include a short Maori culture show as well.

Polynesian Spa, walks in the Redwoods, the Maze and Kuirau Park are all fun. The Gondola and luging is fun for the older children.

If you plan to visit Waiotapu visit in the morning, leave Rotorua before 9.15 a.m. so you can buy tickets then go and watch the Lady Knox geyser 'go off' at 10.15a.m.

Have fun!

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4. Re: Waiotapu thermal wonderland and rotarua Qs

Hell's Gate is a great park too. It is all level and on wooden board walks. Lots of bubbling mud pools. Just keep a tight hold on the kids, whichever of the parks you visit.

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