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“Perfect place for photography”

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Ranked #1 of 109 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
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“Perfect place for photography”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I love this place because the pools and formations in the soil are so colourful and there is a huge array to see. The walk is good for the fitness levels, the smell is refreshing, the devils pool is the limiest green I have ever seen.
The people are helpful and give you a map and the toilets are very clean and well looked after.
The cafe has great coffe and tempting biscuits.
A must see attraction when you come to Rotorua.
I have put photos of it on my blog at www janetkeen.blogspot.com
I have been there about five times now because i am local, my husband had never been before although he has lived here for over twenty years and he was mesmerised.
I want to go again soon.

Visited June 2014
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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“Great family outing”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We really loved this, it was so interesting and vast. Lots of colours in the rocks and pools. We went to the geyser and the mud lake also. I thought it was great value for money and a really nice morning out. The park itself was so well maintained and just a pleasure to walk around.

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Get there for the Geyser”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

So they set the geyser off by putting something like baking soda down the spout. The story of the geysers history is quite famous as some prisoners (the area surrounding Rotorua was inhabited by prisoners who were planting the forest for logging purposes) set the geyser off after washing their clothes in the thermal waters they had just found. The soap acted as a chemical agent which happened to break the seal causing the geyser to burst and send their clothes hundreds of feet in the air. Pretty funny. After the geyser, go for a walk around the park. To do the whole thing with kids and taking pictures is at least two hours and so, so cool. Really amazing and beautifully marked and preserved.

Visited July 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Geothermal Park”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

We enjoyed our visit here - the Lady Knox Geyser was impressive to see, although we were a little disappointed that the eruption had to be set off using washing powder, but understandable, as that was the only way to reliably cause it to happen every day! You could choose different lengths of walks around the rest of the park - we chose the longest route and enjoyed seeing the different pools, of amazing natural colour! The champagne pool was hard to see properly though because of the steam, I don't know if that's because it was a cool day and had been raining a little. Overall, definitely worth a visit

Visited June 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Really Impressive”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

I have never been to anywhere like this before and whilst I accept there may be other places similar in the vicinity, we spent a really interesting few hours here.
As we arrived at the car park on our way from Taupo to Rotorua there was a guide there telling us we should head straight to the geyser as it was due to go any minute. We headed straight there and parked up but were met by a flood of people heading back to their cars - we had missed it. That said, it was still expelling water/gas and was a great sight even though we hadn't seen it at its highest. We then headed (by car) to the mud pools which were intriguing. We found ourselves staring at the same spot watching the mud bubble for ages.
When we managed to tear ourselves away from the bubbling mud we went back to the main centre and paid to go in (you're supposed to pay before going to the geyser and mud pools but as we had been directed straight to the geyser we hadn't.)
The provided map was easy to follow and the route clearly marked. There are easier routes that miss out some of the spots of interest but we did the longest route to make sure we saw everything. There are steps and hills but they are clearly marked on the map to allow you to make your choice as to which routes to follow.
We loved it and were amazed time and again at what nature can do - there really is nothing so beautiful as nature. It is also amazing that humans choose to live so close to such volatile unknown underground conditions....

Visited April 2014
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