This closure is effective from 5pm, Monday 23rd March, 2020 as a result of the latest restriction and alert levels announced by the New Zealand Government in the fight against COVID-19.
We will review this closure in line with Government announcements, and we look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland in the near future.
If you have any enquiries or bookings, please refer to our Contact page to get in touch.
Te Arawa Group Holdings Board and Management wish everyone well and to take care in these unprecedented times.
The aim of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship, conservation & sustainability) is to look after, protect and cherish everything that has been left to us by our ancestors for all future generations. Kaitiakitanga also relates to actions that ensure a sustainable future for all. Underpinning the need to protect and enhance Māori knowledge and practices, to strengthen whānau (family), hapu (kinship, group, clan), and iwi (extended kinship group) to create sustainable futures.
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. As kaitiaki (guardians), we work hard to ensure that every decision we make considers the process and practice of kaitiakitanga as it is in Te Ao Māori.
At Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland we believe that everyone; locals and visitors alike, can be kaitiaki. Encompassing all that is within our environment, we can all be kaitiaki of the land, water, air, te reo (language), oral history and each other.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland has a proactive approach to conservation and sustainability and this plays a significant role in our operation. Our commitment to the landowners, the iwi of Ngati Tahu - Ngati Whaoa is demonstrated in major projects we have undertaken:
Additional background systems we have improved to be more eco-friendly include;