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“Waiotapu - A local Icon”

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Ranked #1 of 112 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: "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.
Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Waiotapu - A local Icon”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This local attraction in Rotorua has it all and is fantastic value. A walk around the park is unbelievable and its almost like you have stepped into another world. The main attraction is the Champagne pool which radiates bright orange and yellows and visitors can get really close up to the action which provides a multitude of excellent photo opportunities.
The park has always been maintained to a high standard and the owners have managed to find
a balance of keeping things natural and not make it look too 'touristy'. The staff are excellent and dare I say it seem to have been selected for their maturity and people skills which is refreshing in this day and age.
Also included in the visit but sited a couple of kilometres down the road is the Lady Knox geyser which comes to life at 10.00 each day and a spectacular mud pool ( this is free to any passers by).
There are many diverse attractions to choose from in Rotorua and visitors are often confronted with a wide range of options but for many years locals have consistently rated Waiotapu simply 'the best'. Leave yourself plenty of time to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had been recommended to visit this above all other similar places and were not disappointed. The weather was not great, but the cool temperature and persistent drizzle could not mask the beauty and awe-inspiring nature of this place. Unless you particularly want to see it then maybe give the geyser a miss and plan your visit to start maybe an hour after the 'performance'. That way, most of those who have assembled for that will have passed far enough along the tracks of Wai-O-Tapu for you to experience it without the crowds.

Amazing colours, pools, rocks and smells! And it's all natural folks - all this geothermal activity is just bubbling away under your feet. Talking of bubbling, take a trip to the mud pools as well to see the dancing, gurgling mud. Yet more evidence that something awesome is going on just under the surface.

Visited January 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Boiling mud pools”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

These pools never disappoint. They must have been hurling geothermally heated mud into the air for hundreds of years. The new walkway is excellent and provides access to a part of the area that was formerly not open to visitors. And the best thing about these mud pools is that there is no entry fee - they are open to allow the public to walk right in.

Visited June 2014
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Take your time to soak in Wai-o-tapu”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I take my nieces here all the time. Wonderful school holiday outing for children if you are local to the area. Can be enjoyed in both summer and winter. Always take warm clothing as the weather out Wai-o-tapu can be a bit cooler than in town. Take a push chair for small children and keep in mind that the push chair won't be able to get to all the tracks at Wai-o-tapu.

Visited June 2014
Thank Nenah W
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

This place is amazing! It is something I had never seen before.

We spent a couple of hours walking through mud pools and hot water pools and craters and geysers. It felt like strolling through hell or some place straight from a book or a movie.

The lady at the ticket office was lovely and we had a great time!

We loved it!

The only thing we were a little bit disappointed in was the Lady Knox Geyser, which was out first stop. We thought it was an actual geyser, but we found out that the geyser-like reaction is triggered every morning with some chemical powder tossed into its mouth. It was still nice to see, but a little bit fake in our opinion.

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