The surreal beauty opens your mind and invigorates your senses, to release your own inner harmony and sense of tranquility. Enjoy viewing unique volcanic features as you walk at your own pace along well-defined tracks.

We currently have reduced retail and cafe offerings at this time.

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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS are available


  • Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 9am to 4pm (last admission 2.45pm).
  • Summer hours will be advised in the near future, please bear with us during this time.
  • Lady Knox Geyser is presented opening days at 10:15am only. If you have purchased an online ticket, you are welcome to head straight there for viewing.

Alternatively, ticket purchases are available at the Visitor Centre, if you wish to purchase from there we advise that you complete this by 10:00am.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland will review opening hours on a regular basis to suit the current Tourism climate.

In line with current NZ Government regulations, we recommend that your visit to our park be no longer than 2 hours.



From Rotorua
Travel south along the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5) towards Taupo for 27km (20 mins drive) until you reach the Waiotapu Tavern. Turn left opposite the tavern and travel 2km to reach Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.

From Taupo
Travel north along the Thermal Explorer Highway (SH 5) towards Rotorua for 53km (40 mins drive). Turn right where signposted and travel a further 1km to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Allow extra traveling time during the summer months.


From To Distance Time
Auckland Wai-O-Tapu 257km 3 hours 20 minutes
Matamata Wai-O-Tapu 96km 1 hour 16 minutes
Tauranga Wai-O-Tapu 93km 1 hour 20 minutes
Whakatane Wai-O-Tapu 120km 1 hour 31 minutes
Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu 31km 27 minutes
Tokoroa Wai-O-Tapu 78km 56 minutes
Taupo Wai-O-Tapu 52km 37 minutes


Return Transport (to Rotorua)
Geyser Link Shuttle: Phone 0800 000 4321
Thermal Land Shuttle: Phone 021 668 462
Intercity Bus: Phone 07 348 0366


There is ample parking at the Lady Knox Geyser site, with most parks within approximately 100 metres of the arena.

The Visitor Centre supplies parking areas for visitors, please follow the clearly marked signage for this.

Mobility/Special Needs parking is located at the front of the Visitor Centre.


There are no toilet facilities in the main park or at the geyser. 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.

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