Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Discover the surreal volcanic landscape of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a natural geothermal area stretching over 18 sq km (7 sq mi). Choose one of three self-guided trails, each of which boasts numerous colorful lakes, rock formations, and mud pools. Enjoy the vivid hues of the geothermal pools, and take stunning shots of the eerie, sulphuric hot springs. The visitor center provides amenities, including a cafe and gift shop. Before you head to Rotorua, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rotorua trip planner, to make sure you see all that Rotorua has to offer, including Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
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  • Fantastically beautiful area. The most incredible colours and war water wherever you look. We had the perfect weather and were very lucky to enjoy this impressive landscape. Fantastic colourful... 
    Fantastically beautiful area. The most incredible colours and war water wherever you look. We had the perfect weather and were very lucky to enjoy this impressive landscape. Fantastic colourful...  more »
  • It doesn’t happen everyday to admire a geyser, so how can you miss the visit to this national park? It’s a natural spectacle you could never imagine: the heat, the smoke… simply amazing and... 
    It doesn’t happen everyday to admire a geyser, so how can you miss the visit to this national park? It’s a natural spectacle you could never imagine: the heat, the smoke… simply amazing and...  more »
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  • If you are into geo thermal springs and gasses coming out of the ground this is the place for you. I would not say this place is "Beautiful" but it definitely gives an alien world vibe. You can walk 100 meters and the entire scenery changes around you. We though there would be a strong sulfur smell to the entire place but it was only in certain locations and somewhat mild. As a bonus we got to see Shaggy and Velma in the Mystery machine!
  • I was here with my family a couple months before it closed, and it was WONDERFUL, would reccomend to anybody. The place is insanly beautiful has great service and an affordable price. I does smell a little, but you can get used to it after about 15 minutes. 10/10, one of the best things i did in New Zealand.

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