Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Holiday Travel Guide
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland featuring mist or fog and a hot spring as well as a small group of people

Just a short drive from the busy city is one of the most fascinating areas of geothermal activity in New Zealand.

Cross boardwalks above gently simmering water and see pools of hot bubbling mud at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Peer into dark craters and watch as a geyser shoots water up to 20 metres (65 feet) into the sky.

Set off on one of the three well-signposted tracks around the park. Depending on which path you choose, the journey will take between 30 and 75 minutes to complete. A walk through this surreal, lunar-like environment provides the chance to witness some of the volcanic wonders that this region is famous for.

Look for the luminous green waters of the ominously named Devil’s Bath. The pretty trees and shrubs surrounding it make this unusually coloured pool appear even more peculiar. Carry on past the Champagne Pool, a bubbling hot spring famed for its brilliant orange rim, to a low boardwalk crossing a vast lake of steaming, cream-coloured liquid.

Back on firm ground, admire the Primrose Terraces, a set of glistening steps. Elsewhere, pools of thick boiling mud rise and fall gently while collapsed craters add to the post-apocalyptic feel of the region.

Don’t miss Lady Knox Geyser, just a 3-minute drive from the main park. Come around mid-morning and marvel as scalding water sprays into the air with amazing force. Ask for directions at the visitor centre and arrive early to get your seat in the natural amphitheatre.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is about 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Rotorua. The attraction is open daily and has an admission fee. The visitor centre by the entrance has a café and gift shop. Wear trainers or hiking boots as the terrain here is rugged and rocky.

1021 Cheap Hotels Near Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Off Grid  Sheperd's Hut
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
65 Brett Rd, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Situated on a lake, this historic cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Rerewhakaaitu, Mount Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
We had the most relaxing amazing off grid chillax.
"Our experience here was truly worth it. A lot of thought and care went into this building. The area was quiet and nice walks along the quiet country road. Not to far from Rerewhakaaitu lake for trout fishing. For us it was a very restful experience. The hosts were welcoming and knowledgeable about ..."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
This family-friendly Waikite Valley cottage is located in a rural location, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Wai-O-Tapu ...
5/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
good stay :)
"Great country setting with bonus of the thermal pool close by."

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$195 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
This family-friendly Whakarewarewa hotel is steps away from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (996 reviews)
"bed and pillows were very comfy.."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Pullman Rotorua
Cedarwood Lakeside
Prince's Gate Hotel

Popular places to visit in Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:
Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Off Grid  Sheperd's Hut
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
65 Brett Rd, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$195 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
19D Temu Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$170 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Golden Springs Motel and Holiday Park
Golden Springs Motel and Holiday Park
2 out of 5
4085 State Highway 5, RD2, Reporoa
Golden Springs Motel and Holiday Park
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Spencer Rd, Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Lake front  with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
Lake front with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
6 Te Toroa dr, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake front with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.