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Getting to Wai-O-Tapu

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Getting to Wai-O-Tapu


I am going to Roturua for one night in July and would like to go to to Wai-O-Tapu. However, we will not have our own transport. Are there any buses that go there that we could take?


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1. Re: Getting to Wai-O-Tapu

There are shuttle buses that go around all the main attractions. The motel you are staying at may have a timetable, otherwise contact the information centre.


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2. Re: Getting to Wai-O-Tapu

Is this thermal area any good? Or is Orakeikorako better?

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Waiotapu is a great place to visit. Lady Knox geyser errupts every morning at 10.15a.m. and, because of this, it tends to get rather crowded around this time although visiting in July should be a lot quieter. The shuttle buses leave the information centre at approx 9 -9.30 a.m. but you need to book the day before at the info centre or through your accommodation provider.

To visit Orakei Korako, it is possible to take a jet boat on the Waikato River rather than driving all the way. www.riverjet.co.nz There is a daily shuttle to the jetty from Rotorua.

Waimungu has an interesting geological walk through a thermal valley to Lake Rotomahana. Here you may take a boat trip with interesting commentary about the area given by the skipper. Instead of walking the return journey, it is possible to catch a bus.There is a daily shuttle from Rotorua and also a fully guided tour bus ride/ walk. The latter is costlier but is a much more in depth way of learning about the area.

Closer to Rotorua are Te Puia with Pohutu geyser errupting sporadically and Hell's Gate.

All have websites so googling them will give you information. They all have similarities and unique features.

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The river jet thermal safari looks interesting. How much boat time do you actually get, since a 3 hour return trip (incl. park) seems like a really short time to accomplish so much.

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5. Re: Getting to Wai-O-Tapu

The jetboat travels about 20kms along the river to Orakei Korako(I only know this because it is that long by car from the SH5 turnoff where the boat leaves from)That is quite a distance to have an exciting boat trip with a few spins and twists thrown in for good measure.

O-K is lovely but one of the smaller thermal areas.

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6. Re: Getting to Wai-O-Tapu

Orakei Korako is considered to be one of the best thermal areas to visit. Not as touristy as Rotorua.

Its located half way between Rotorua and Taupo.

The river jet offers best value for money and includes your entrance fee in to Orakei Korako.

It's around 40 minutes return trip on the jet boat.

Lots of fun and well worth doing.

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