Named “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" by Trip Advisor, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area.
Thousands of years in the making, this stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting through which self guided walks take between 30 and 75 minutes. The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes huge volcanic craters formed by collapsing ground, steaming vents, sinter terrace formations, coloured hot and cold water springs among which is the world famous Champagne Pool.
Presented daily at 10.15am is the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and ever active is the nearby “Mud Pool” where bubbling mud is always evident. First class facilities include a large café and retail centre.
Wai-O-Tapu is located approximately 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua (North Island of New Zealand) on SH 5 or book the HeadFirst shuttle + entry from Rotorua in your Stray Mate app.