We take pride in providing kaitiakitanga (guardianship, conservation & sustainability) for New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal park.

Traditionally, Māori believe there is a deep kinship between humans and the natural world. This connection is expressed through kaitiakitanga, a way of managing the environment.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s pro-active approach to conservation and sustainability has played a significant role in our operation.


We are members of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter and have been since 2008. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland proudly holds Silver Qualmark accreditation. The Silver grade acknowledges that we conserve and sustain the park’s natural features as well as being energy, practising water conservation and managing waste appropriately.

By playing a major role in the prevention (and in some cases limitation and correction) of environmental damage to the water, air and soil, we can sustain ongoing interaction between nature and the public at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Minimising the environmental impact of the waste, noise and visual pollution produced by tourism is also a priority.

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