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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waiotapu: Thermal Park and Lady Knox Geyser Entry Ticket

1. Waiotapu: Thermal Park and Lady Knox Geyser Entry Ticket

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 with this entry ticket. Let the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser take your breath away.  Experience the Wai-O-Tapu park which means “sacred waters” in Maori, and which is 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. Get access to this 18 square kilometer geothermal area. Arrive in the morning and the see the 10:30 AM eruptIon of the Lady Knox Geyser. Marvel as hot water is shot sky-high from deep within the earth.

Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

2. Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton.  Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2.5 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn. After your LOTR experience, it’s time to continue southwards towards the active geothermal area of Rotorua. During the drive, pass through the unique town of Tirau, the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade. Upon arrival in Rotorua, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, Thermal Springs, and Polynesian Spa. Take some time to rest for lunch and then head to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland considered one of the most surreal places on earth.  Here, admire Champagne Lake, Devil’s Bath, local mud pools, geothermal craters, and other geothermal wonders before a fully guided trip back to Auckland and the end of your tour.

From Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia Full-Day Tour

3. From Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia Full-Day Tour

Get picked up from your Rotorua accommodation between 8AM and 8:30 AM. Commentated scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland for 1hr guided walk. See colourful hot springs, boiling mud, volcanic landscapes and experience the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser playing at 10:15 AM.   Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley to learn about the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption on a 1hr guided walk. Relax at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour through Rotorua premiere cultural attraction Te Puia. Learn about Maori culture and history visiting the woodcarving school, arts and crafts gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display, kiwi house, and experience the Pohutu Geyser playing. Finish your day with a scenic visit to the pristine and tranquil lakes of this amazing volcanic region. Blue and Green Lakes lookout and views over Lake Tarawera and volcano. Get dropped back to your accommodation between 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

4. From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

Join this overnight all-inclusive tour from Auckland and experience the Central North Island's most iconic attractions at a leisurely pace.  Take guided tours of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Discover the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the thermal areas and geysers of Te Puia. Experience a Maori cultural evening with a meal and concert.  At the end of the two days, you will return to your hotel in Auckland or a different location in the central area, if specified. Most of the transport is supplied in Mercedes minibuses with luxury seating. Your driver guide will take the time to make sure you enjoy your time on the tour. The largest vehicle seats 15 passengers, but on most occasions your group will be 12 people or less.

From Rotorua: Wai O Tapu & Waimangu Eco Thermal Morning Tour

5. From Rotorua: Wai O Tapu & Waimangu Eco Thermal Morning Tour

Discover Rotorua’s most natural and popular geothermal parks: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Join a small-group morning tour for a more personal experience led by a local knowledgeable guide. You will be picked up from your Rotorua city accommodation between 8AM and 8:30 AM. Enjoy a scenic drive through forestry and farmland before arriving at New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool. Explore Waiotapu's amazing colourful hot-springs and thermal landscape on a 1hr guided walk then experience the dancing Lady Knox geyser eruption at 10.15am. Your next stop will be the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. Your guide will explain the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular regenerated bush-covered geothermal park. 1hr guided walk around huge active hot-springs and thermal features. Pause at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM before being dropped back to your accommodation/city between 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.

From Auckland: Rotorua Highlights Group Tour

6. From Auckland: Rotorua Highlights Group Tour

Discover Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland! Depending on your choice of two activities, you can learn all about this geothermal wonderland. Whether you're seeking cultural enrichment, natural wonders, or thrilling experiences, there's something for everyone to enjoy. After departing Auckland, you will be driven through the stunning Waikato countryside on a fully guided journey to Rotorua. Admire the wonderful landscapes and scenic views. Upon arrival in Rotorua, your driver will then take you to your two chosen activities. During the booking process, you will have had the opportunity to select your preferred activities from our curated list of options. Not all activities listed are included, so don't miss out on the chance to create unforgettable memories in Rotorua. - Explore the Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland geothermal park. - Discover more about Maori culture at the Te Puia Park. - Enjoy a deluxe lake spa package treatment at the Polynesian Spa. - Choose to explore the majestic surroundings of the Redwood Treetop walk. The choice is yours! You will have to choose a package that has the exact activities you would like to do. After you have completed your activities, sit back & relax on the return scenic journey to Auckland.

From Auckland: 3-Day Rotorua, Waiotapu, Taupo & Waitomo Tour

7. From Auckland: 3-Day Rotorua, Waiotapu, Taupo & Waitomo Tour

FP3B - Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waiotapu & Taupo and Waitomo. This tour includes. - Return transport to Auckland or finish in Rotorua - Admission tickets to Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Te Puia and Waiotapu - 2 nights' accommodation with breakfast - Mitai Cultural evening with dinner. Day 1 - Hobbiton, Te Puia with lunch and Mitai with dinner Day 2 - Waiotapu and Taupo Day 3 - Free morning and return to Auckland via Waitomo Caves The order of the activities may be changed for operational reasons, but everything listed will happen over the 3 day period

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What people are saying about Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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4.5
(256 reviews)

I thought the tour was great. Unfortunately a bit expensive and a long journey, but I was prepared for that. There were snacks and water during the trip. There were also enough pee breaks. The guide was in a great mood. Unfortunately it rained, but we made the best of it.

From start to finish the trip was well organized. The guide; Grant was very accommodating to all the people on the trip, explaining all the different pieces of information about the trip and in general about New Zealand. Had a brilliant time and learnt a lot, Thankyou

great day trip, we saw many locations that I might not have visited by myself, and our guide Linda gave great explanations and answered all of our questions.

This is a must see when visiting the north island! I've never seen anything quite like this before.

Really good , we did self explore a lot after the guide left us