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Lady Knox Geyser Tours and Activities

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Lady Knox Geyser
Every morning, a rocky grey vent called the Lady Knox Geyser spews water for a captive audience. Far from a strange local ritual, the geyser is one of the star geothermal attractions at Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. It erupts without fail—after being induced with soap—to heights of 30 to 65 feet (9 to 20 meters).

The Basics
The Taupo Volcanic Zone is known for its geysers and geothermal activity, but the Lady Knox Geyser is especially unique because of the way in which it erupts: every morning, a park guide at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua induces it to erupt with soap. The subsequent eruption can vary in size and length, but on a good day the geyser creates a 65-foot (20-meter) eruption that can last for up to an hour. The eruption is enhanced by stones placed around the geyser’s nozzle, and an amphitheater has been built in front of the geyser so no one in the audience misses out. The site is also full of mud pools and rugged geothermal features, so there’s more to experience once you’ve seen the geyser.
 
Some full-day tours of Rotorua include a Lady Knox eruption. If visiting independently, purchase tickets to see the geyser erupt at Wai-O-Tapu’s visitor center.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lady Knox Geyser and the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland are a must-see for nature lovers and first-time visitors to Rotorua.
  • You’ll be doing plenty of walking outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu, so come with sturdy shoes and, depending on the weather, sunscreen or rain jackets.
  • The Wai-O-Tapu Visitor Centre is home to a sunny café, a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs and Maori carvings, and secure lockers for use during your visit.
  • Lady Knox Geyser is not accessible to wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
The Lady Knox Geyser is located in Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, about a 20-minute drive south of Rotorua along the Thermal Explorer Highway (State Highway 5). Stop at the Wonderland Visitor Centre for directions to the geyser, where there is plenty of parking. There are also several shuttle services that run between Wai-O-Tapu and Rotorua.

When to Get There
Wai-O-Tapu is open every day of the year, and the Lady Knox Geyser’s eruption is induced around 10:15am. The geyser is popular and the amphitheater can fill up quickly, so arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to guarantee seats close to the action.

How Does Soap Induce an Eruption?
The soap used to induce the Lady Knox Geyser’s daily eruption reduces the surface tension of the cold water in the geyser’s upper chamber. This causes the cold water to mix with the hot water in the lower chamber, triggering the eruption. This reaction was discovered by chance in the early 1900s, when a group of prisoners tried to wash their clothes in the hot water!
Address: 201 Waiotapu Loop Road RD 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand
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Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Full Day Tour

Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Full Day Tour

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Visitors get to explore spectacular nature at New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area, which has been thousands of years in the making. Visitors will be picked up from Rotorua and transported to Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. En-route the driver guide will share insights in the region and wonderland. Guests will get to experience the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser. The driver-guide will accompany visitors through VIP ticketing and then visitors will be able to walk at their own pace (unguided) past the unique volcanic features which include the Champagne Pool, hot springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground and huge volcanic craters. Then off to Waimangu Volcanic Valley, guests will be accompanied through VIP ticketing and then will be able to walk at their own pace (unguided) and enjoy views of mysterious and beautiful Inferno Crater, the unique valley and home of the Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the World.
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Private Tour Waiotapu Geothermal Shore Excursion up to 8 passengers

Private Tour Waiotapu Geothermal Shore Excursion up to 8 passengers

Take a tour in your own private minivan with an experienced local guide. This Private tour is for a group of up to 8 people. Your day will include amazing scenery from stunning white sandy beaches, to boiling mud pools and beautiful forests. The main attraction is a visit to Waiotapu There is so much to see and experience in this stunning part of New Zealand. Choose an attraction to visit or enjoy all the "Freebies" this area offers. I can customise your day. Do as much or as little as you choose. Its "Your Day Your Way". Have a great day out with your own Private guide. "FREEBIES": - Sandy Beaches and beautiful countryside - Kiwi fruit tasting and orchard visit (time permitting) - Lake Rotorua and the Redwood Forest (time permitting) - Rotorua City Government Gardens (time permitting) EXTRAS - Waiotapu Geothermal Reserve - Entry Fee additional - Lunch
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Absolutely Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu, Rotorua Sights and Mitai Maori Village

Absolutely Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu, Rotorua Sights and Mitai Maori Village

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Discover the best of Rotorua with a tour that combines daytime sightseeing with an evening of Maori culture. Visit Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland and see landmarks like Knox Geyser and Champagne Pool, then take a Rotorua highlights tour that includes Ohinemutu, and Sulphur Point. The evening at Mitai Maori Experience features a traditional hangi dinner, cultural performance, and nature walk with glow worms.
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

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See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
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