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Waiotapu: Thermal Park and Lady Knox Geyser Entry Ticket

Product ID: 297710
Explore the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Witness Lady Knox Geyser erupt. Enjoy all-day access to one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal parks.
About this ticket
Valid 30 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
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Spanish, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy full-day 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
  • See native New Zealand bush as you walk the well-groomed trails of the thermal park
  • Take amazing photos in an otherworldly landscape
Full description
Discover Wai-O-Tapu, an active geothermal area at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Center, just north of the Reporoa caldera, in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone 27 km south of Rotorua. Wai-O-Tapu, meaning “sacred waters” in Maori, was the homeland of the Ngati Whaoa tribe who descended from those on the Arawa waka.

Admire the colorful hot springs, such as the Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and the boiling mud pools. The striking appearance of these springs is due to dramatic geothermal conditions beneath the earth. Explore the 18 square kilometers geothermal area.

Arrive in the morning and the see the 10:30 am erupting of the Lady Knox Geyser. Marvel as hot water is shot sky-high from deep within the earth.
Includes
  • Full-day access to the park
  • Viewing of the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10:30 am
  • Guide map (available in 11 languages)
  • Parking at the visitor center
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Lady Knox Geyser 201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Rotorua, Waiotapu 3073, New Zealand If you want to see the Lady Knox Geyser show, please go directly to this address by 10:15 am. If you want access to the park, follow the road to the Visitors center.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Know before you go
• The park’s visitor facilities include restrooms, lockers, a visitor center, a small café, and picnic areas.
• This is an active geothermal area, meaning the ground and water often reach boiling temperatures. Don’t be tempted to break the rules or wander outside of designated areas.
• Of the three walking trails at Wai-O-Tapu, only one is accessible for wheelchair users and strollers.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 126 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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It’s an incredible place- don’t go there for the geyser at the moment though as there’s been no rain so it’s more of a sprinkle than a geyser and the whole geyser site is a Man-made tourist Nightmare. The park is out of this world- I’ve never seen anything like it. The smell of sulphur is overwhelming at times so take a scarf to wrap around your face if you have an acute sense of smell!!

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March 16, 2020

Lovely walks around the thermal park - other worldly terrain. Not so sure about the short lived, manually induced geyser activity. If you have seen any other geysers, give it a miss. If you do go either walk from visitor car park otherwise you have to move your car (along with everyone else) from the geyser car park to visitor centre as the geyser car park is locked after the "spectacle".

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March 12, 2020

This is literally one of the most incredible places I have ever experienced. The sights, sounds and smells are surreal....it is sensory overload! The place is extremely well organised and the information given is simple enough but very informative. In my opinion, this place needs to be on everybody’s ‘must do’ list if they are within striking distance

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March 9, 2020

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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

Product ID: 297710