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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket

Rotorua, New Zealand

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Explore the well-marked paths of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and witness Lady Knox Geyser erupt. Your admission ticket grants you all-day access to one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal parks, located just outside of Rotorua. Stroll past gurgling mud pools, volcanic craters and steaming lakes at your own pace. Consult your complimentary guidebook to learn about the area’s volcanic activity, and view informative displays along the trails and at the visitor center.
  • Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Marvel at the variety of technicolor hot pools at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Arrive in the morning to catch the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser
  • Get great photo ops of the otherworldly landscape
  • See native New Zealand bush as you walk the well-groomed trails of the thermal park
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Departure Point

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

Departure Time

11:59 PM
Make your own way to Wai-O-Tapu, located near Rotorua. Arrive by late morning if you wish to see the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser after an informative presentation.

Perhaps start your self-guided tour at the visitor center, where you’ll learn about the 1886 blast of Tarawera Volcano, which destroyed the natural features known as the Pink and White Terraces. 

Get an overview of the area from the lookout point, then set your own pace over marked walking trails as you meander past vividly colored hot pools, volcanic craters, and steaming fissures in the geothermal park. 

Admire the New Zealand bush along the walkways, where display panels inform you about the thermal activity you see. Consult your complimentary full-color guide-map for further details about the natural wonders. 

You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe, shop, and picnic area while taking in the amazing sights of Wai-O-Tapu.
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Visitors come to Wai-O-Tapu to marvel at the hot pools, volcanic craters and steaming fissures of this otherworldly area. Explore the natural geothermal environment on your own. Walk along well-marked paths that take you to brilliantly colored steaming pools that bubble and hiss with thermal activity. Hear a presentation given daily at 10:15am when the Lady Knox Geyser erupts. Admire the native bush along your walk. Our comprehensive guide map provided with your ticket contains a great deal of useful information about the features within the park. There are currently translations available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Czech. Expect to spend between 45-90 minutes at Wai-O Tapu with plenty of time to take great photos of the spectacular scenery. If you want to rest or grab a bite to eat, there's a cafe, souvenir shop, picnic area and lookout point near the visitor center.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS are available.
  • Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is Smoke-Free within the visitor center and geothermal park
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket.
What is the social distancing policy during Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket.
What is the maximum group size during Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket?
This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket.

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Traveler Tips

  • "You can actually walk the routes a bit faster than what the park advises, so definitely take full advantage to go see everything." See review
  • "You can spend the whole day there and take the time to take it all in ." See review
  • "Do not go there if you have been at Yellowstone." See review


263 Reviews
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The Lady Knox Geyser was a highlight.
, Mar 2020
We got there just in time for the Lady Knox Geyser eruption. The thermal park is well laid out and gives great opportunities for pictures.
Interesting colours
, Mar 2020
It was a lovely walk and the colours were amazing. I wasn't prepared for the smell. This is a great place to see but not for those sensitive to smells.
, Mar 2020
Absolutely amazing experience and excellent value for the price! The staff were very pleasant and the park was so clean.
, Mar 2020
It’s a must see on your adventure in New Zealnad. This was one of the better hikes and site seeing of New Zealand’s natural beauty.
Not worth
, Feb 2020
Due to commercial reasons every day the geyser is started using soap. Therefore the outbreak is extremely small. What a pitty.
Well organized experience.
, Feb 2020
Great experience. Great photo opportunities. Very interesting. Very unique. Would highly recommend this activity.
Green mineral lake
, Feb 2020
Amazing coloured lakes, bubbling mud and water springs plus the geyser made for a great day out. :-)
The earth is alive!
, Feb 2020
Very hot day. Need sun protection. Good walks around the thermal ponds etc. At some stage I could imagine they might add some more structural features (boulders, sculptures, cultural examples) to enrich the experience. Overall not bad and the big ponds were amazing. The earth is really alive!
, Feb 2020
So glad we made the decision to come here! Absolutely amazing phenomena - such striking colours. Would recommend doing all three circuits - there are some steps on the third route but the colours of the lake at the end are worth it! A must do if in Rotorua.
, Feb 2020
Beautiful and well maintained park worth visiting. The bus service back to the entrance is well organised

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