Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - Rotorua
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Geothermal adventures await you at Wai-O-Tapu, or 'Sacred Waters'. It's one of the earth's most natural theme parks, although you might think you're in another world, or on a different planet...
Just under 30kms from Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu promises to show you sights you have never seen before, and can only see here! Walking to the edge of the Champagne Pool is like walking around on Mars, such is the landscape and colour, and the massive volcanic craters just sitting by the path will make you think a few flying saucers have landed. Steam rises from the grounds all around you, but don't worry, it's perfectly natural and safe - it'll do wonders for your skin, like walking through your very own steam bath...
Strolling around this incredible place, it's like being inside an artist's palette - the vibrancy of the colours formed by the sulphur and other minerals in the numerous natural water pools will have you reaching for the paintbrush. There are bubbling mud pools (don't be tempted to jump in, though...), sinter terrace formations and - the highlight for many - the Lady Knox Geyser, that shoots red hot water up to 20 metres into the air. You've got to be a good timekeeper to catch it, though - she only spews forth once a day, at exactly 10.15am (how does she know??). Take your waterproofs.....and a camera.
Wai-O-Tapu has an extensive visitor centre, equipped with a large gift and souvenir shop, a self-service cafe, toilets, car parking and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
Adult: NZD $32.50
Child: NZD $11.00 (5 -15 yrs inclusive)
Family: NZD $80.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)
Under 5 yrs are free of charge
Open daily: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (last admission 3.45pm)
Christmas Day: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (last admission 11:45 am)
At Wai-O-Tapu you're guaranteed hours of spellbinding wonder - all this courtesy of Mother Nature!
Please visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland or phone +64 7 366 6333 for bookings and latest price information.