Skip the Line: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket

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Skip the Line: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Admission Ticket
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Thousands of Years in the Making a Wonderland of Stunning Geothermal Activity. The technical description for this remarkable place is that it’s part of an 18-sq. km active geothermal park at the northern perimeter of the Reporoa Caldera (a collapsed volcanic crater) formed 230,000 years ago within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The ‘wow’ factor is much in evidence at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, the place we love to share with visitors from all corners of the globe. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ‘one of the most surreal places on earth’ so naturally it’s high on the list of Rotorua’s must-see attractions. A place to marvel at nature’s artistic splendour, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is also committed to providing a safe visitor experience.
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In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
2 hours
Important InfoInfo
Visit: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

Make your own way to Wai-O-Tapu, located a 20-minute drive to the south from Rotorua.

The thermal riches of Wai-O-Tapu were discovered after the Tarawera Volcano eruption of 1886, which destroyed a natural landmark known as the Pink and White Terraces. Since that time, visitors have come to Wai-O-Tapu to marvel at the hot pools, volcanic craters and steaming fissures of this otherworldly area.

Explore the natural geothermal environment on your own, with several options for your visit. Walk along well-marked paths that take you to brilliantly colored steaming pools that bubble and hiss with thermal activity. Hear a presentation given daily at 10:15am when the Lady Knox Geyser erupts. Admire the native bush along your walk, adding another dimension to your experience.

Informative display panels posted along the trails explain the sights that you see. You also receive a complimentary full-color souvenir guide-map that provides detailed information about the site.

There are no toilet facilities in the main park. Please ensure you use toilet facilities available at the Visitor Centre before entering the park.

There are plenty of photo opportunities so it is a good idea to ensure that you have fully charged equipment and plenty of space on your memory card.

Our comprehensive guide map provided with your ticket contains a great deal of useful information about the features within the park. There are currently translations available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Czech.

Expect to spend between 45-90 minutes at Wai-O Tapu with plenty of time to take great photos of the spectacular scenery.

If you want to rest or grab a bite to eat, there's a cafe, souvenir shop, picnic area and lookout point near the visitor center.


  • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

11:59 PM

Departure Point

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS is available.
  • Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is Smoke-Free within the visitor center and geothermal park
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.65 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

Beautiful and well maintained park worth visiting. The bus service back to the entrance is well organised
• Submitted 07 Feb 2020
Loved it , highly recommend it. Beautiful nature walk with the area of the thermal mud bath and wonderful colores. You can spend the whole day there and take the time to take it all in . Lady knox gyser very spectacular.
• Submitted 18 Dec 2019
Great experience. Amazing feeling after the mud and pool. Could of stayed for hours in pool to just relax
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
wonderful wonderful .have to do it if in Rotorua area .simply cant miss .I have seen Yellowstone and this compares in every way .
• Submitted 20 May 2018
This place is SOOOOO cool! You can actually walk the routes a bit faster than what the park advises, so definitely take full advantage to go see everything. You are literally looking pits and pools of mud, dirt and natural gases - but it was way more fascinating than I ever expected. As a glam girl that doesn't love the outdoors I did this for my husband, who geeks out on science, I loved every minute of it and would definitely go back to see it all again.
• Submitted 20 Apr 2018
Very good option!
• Submitted 04 Apr 2018
Very different experience. interesting with great photo opportunities. We found it very intriguing....allow about 1-1.5 hours.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Good value. An excellent geothermal area. Loved Lady Knox Geyser erupting, including the talk beforehand.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
It was a wonderful experience. With so many parks on offer, it was difficult to know which to visit, but Wai-a-Topu filled all our needs. It was a fascinating park and the ranger who gave us a talk was amazing. Sara was personable and one of the most knowledgeable guides we have come across, and she shared it all in an entertaining and interesting fashion. thoroughly recommend a visit.
• Submitted 28 Apr 2017
Fantastic trip, great to see a beautiful area of new Zealand in its natural beauty.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 31 Jan 2017
Be prepared if not used to the volcano smell. Cuz it smell really bad. Bu tits good for skin : personally won't come again but will recommended my friend to come as the view really good.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2016
WOW! The colors one sees are so beautiful! This place is awesome! We enjoyed every view, corner, nook, and abyss!
• Submitted 21 Oct 2016
A must do in New Zealand.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2016
Best Thermal Park over a large area with the Champagne Pool and Devils Bath to name a couple. We were to late to see the Lady Knox Geyser so they stamp your tickets for you to return the following day if you wish to
• Submitted 07 Dec 2015
this place is amazing, had a great afternoon with my family. if you happen to visit there on a sunny day the heat can be overwhelming, so remember to bring a hat and some water with you!!!!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
A must-do in Rotorua. Our friends from Hong Kong reckoned it's a wonderful place to visit with awesome features.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Not as good as Yellostone. Do not go there if you have been at Yellowstone.
• Submitted 19 Oct 2017
It was well worth the visit as the various thermal activities along the route provide different sights and interest. The route was pretty easy to walk hence even my 80 year old mother was able to navigate. Surprisingly, the air quality was pretty decent with not much of sulphur smell, much better than some of the volcanic areas I visited before. However, Lady Knox Geyser was not as magnificent as I envisaged. Overall, it was a good item on the itinerary for NZ North Island visit.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
Really enjoyed this tour however to get the full benefit you need to drive between three sites which was unexpected and a bit of pain. However it's a must see and good value for money.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2016
This was an interesting place to visit whilst in Rotarua. You get used to the Sulphur or rotten egg smell after a while. The geothermal mud pools and geiser are worth checking out. This is a popular tourist attraction so arrive early to avoid the crowds.
• Submitted 20 May 2015
Best Thermals in Rotorua except the geyser, which only nature can help despite the soap! Great park though Wai-O-Tapu.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
We visited here because of its fame in New Zealand and it was on our drive from Rotorua to National Park to do the Tongariro Crossing. Honestly it took us only about 35 minutes to go through the whole park. Expect lots of people to be there. It is worth a stop if driving by but not worth making a special trip just to see it.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2017

In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
2 hours

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