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Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland


(Pre-book to be able to go directly to Lady Knox Geyser on arrival)

Thousands of years in the making, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand’s most colourful natural volcanic area, Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. The modern Visitor Centre provides the gateway to this world class geothermal attraction.  Walks through the area provide a unique  opportunity to view a wide range of features including the Champagne Pool, coloured hot and cold springs, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am and the nearby ever active “Mud Pool” add other dimensions to the experience. Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland is easily accessible from Rotorua or Taupo.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Prices: Adult:   $32.50 Child: $11.00 (5 -15 yrs. inclusive) Family: $80.00 (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)

Times: 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) Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am

Transport : Thermal Land Shuttle

  • 8.15am and 12noon Thermal Land Shuttle departs from Rotorua I-Site to take you to the visitor centre at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland (Includes stops at the mud pool (both trips) and geyser (morning only)). Final drop off at visitor centre.
  • 1.00pm Thermal Land Shuttle collects visitors from Waiotapu Visitor Centre  (You have the option to continue to the visitor centre at Waimangu Volcanic Valley for a full day of geothermal wonders).
  • 1.15pm Thermal Land Shuttle collects visitors from Waimangu Visitor Centre to return you to downtown Rotorua by 1.45pm 
  • 4.45pm Thermal Land Shuttle collects visitors from Waiotapu Visitor Centre
  • 5.00pm Thermal Land Shuttle collects visitors from Waimangu Visitor Centre to return you to downtown Rotorua by 5.30pm.


Location: Travel south along the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5) towards Taupo for 27km (20 mins drive) until you reach the Waiotapu Tavern. Turn left opposite the tavern and travel 2km

Phone: +64 7 366 6333




Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland – “One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World”