This is the best Thermal pools I went to while in Rotorua. Loads of people go but its very large so its not to bad. If you have a choice between Hells Gate and WAI-O-TAPU, I would recommend WAI-O-TAPU.
This is the Devil's Bath in Waitapu.It certainly fits the name because it smells quite bad and only a devil could take it. It is especially stinky and smells quite something else altogether.
Tip: If you are bringing kids here to Waitapu, it's a good idea to keep them on a tight leash. The attractions here have very low fences and there is nothing to stop a naughty kid from falling down and becoming a fixture of the landscape.
But if you are thinking of bringing kids here, the question you have to ask is why...??? There are many more attractions at Rotorua which are interesting and kid-friendly than this.
Waitapu is like the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and NZ. There are many pools and lakes filled with all kinds of geothermal activities including mud pools, sulphur pools etc.
The whole area of course really stinks as you are looking at a concentration of lots of noxious gases here.
This is a picture of the Champagne Pool which looks like a riot of colours: orange, yellow, green and even brown. It was bubbling all the while (which probably means that it is very hot) and fogs up the air.
There's also a bridge you can walk on, if you like to get a closer look.
The champayne pool is very unique in the world, it has bubbling, hissing water with a beautiful ochre-colored petrified edge.
The colors here are just amazing, try and visit on a sunny day to really see the colors.
The Lady Knox Geyser at Waiotapu is unusual in that it is induced to play regularly at 1015 each day. I was very dubious about going to see this for the first time in July 2004, but the story that is told before the geyser is woken up is an interesting one and puts the whole show into some context. If you are on a limited budget, I'd say save your money at Waiotapu and just go to Whakarewarewa in the city to see Pohutu Geyser, which is natural and far more spectacular.
See my Wai-o-tapu travelogue for more pictures of this valley.
Wai-o-tapu is just a few more kilometres south of Rotorua than Waimangu. It has a geyser, though, it's not as good as Whakarewarewa's. It is called the Lady Knox geyser and is induced to play at 1015 daily by having soap flakes thrown into it's vent! There are some remarkably colourful pools here and plenty of boling mud. The picture shows the Champaigne Pool and the Artist's Palette (foreground).
Entrance is NZ$18.50 per adult (as at July 2004).
See the world famous Lady Knox Geyser at Waiotapu in the Rotorua Region. This is the most reliable "old Faithful" type Geyser in the world, mainly because the locals dump soap in the mouth of the Geyser at exact 10:30 AM to help initiate the flow of steam/hot water. Touristy as hell, but a signature New Zealand event.
Waiotapu is Maori for 'sacred waters'. It is a geothermal sightseeing attraction just outside of Rotorua. The area is known as New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing experience.
Champagne pools, a series of enormous hot pools that are a rich mixture of gold, yellow and orange. The colors are caused by mineral salts in the water. The pools occupy a crater that formed as a result of a volcanic explosion 900 years ago.
The highlight in this area is the Geyser, spit ash and water during the explosion which is only happen once in every hour
El color amarillo del azufre se ve en gran cantidad de sitios : cuevas , lagos ,cráters...
The yellow color of sulfur is seen in many places: caves, lakes, craters ...
This a really cool national park, you get to walk among bubbling mud and sulphur rivers and waterfalls yellow with minerals. Some sections are very impressive.
Come experience the raw beauty and power that mother nature offers.
Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10,15 am and can reach hieghts of up to 20 mters.
Enjoy the lunar landscape at Waiotapu.. Looks quite a bit like the piece of moonscape that Neil Armstrong put footprints in so many years ago.......
Quite the strange place, hundred of small steam vents gurgling up through the mud and shallow water.... You can hear the lake going a-glup-glup-glup as you walk up the trail....
There are many great thermal parks to visit in Rotorua.
This large feature pool below is called "The Artist's Palette"