Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua

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    Wai-o-tapu

    by scubaozgirl Written Dec 15, 2006

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    This park was well worth the 20 minute drive south from Rotorua. I had visited the Te Puia thermal park previous to this one. Although I was blown away by the erupting geyser there and enjoyed the Maori Cultural show I preferred the more natural environment of Wai-o -tapu.
    There are tracks to walk around a variety of thermal areas. This park features the largest silica terrace in the southern hemisphere and the famous Champagne Pool.
    This area is associated with volcanic activity dating back 160,000 years and is located on the edge of a volcanic caldera.
    When you visit this park you have the opportunity to do 3 different walks, each having a unique vista and providing a natural experience. There are many graphics along the way to help visitors understand the thermal acitivity and what has caused these incredible geothermal wonders. The colours seen in this area are vibrant and caused by different mineral elements. If you want a more natural experience I would recommend Wai-o-tapu

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    Wai-o-Tapu means ‘sacred waters’

    by vtveen Updated Aug 23, 2009

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    Opal Pool: what a colour
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    When visiting this thermal area you will understand the name ‘sacred waters’. The several attractions are very impressive with a lot of different colours, caused by different minerals in the soil.

    Walking along the track we passed several colourful places like the Opal Pool (soft green), the Champagne Pool (orange), Devil’s bath (fluorescent green), some sulphur craters (yellow) and mud pools (grey).
    A very special feeling gives the walk over the boardwalk which crosses a huge sinter terrace (more or less white) with steaming water.

    The three tracks (total about 3 km’s) did take along several thermal spots and lookouts till an almost 800 year old, green coloured, crater lake Ngakoro.

    Wai-o-Tapu has also a famous geyser: Lady Knox Geyser. This geyser erupts every day (with some human help) at 10.15 am. For us too early, so we missed it.

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    Wai-o-Tapu: Champagne Pool

    by vtveen Written Jun 3, 2005

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    what a scenery !!!

    The Champagne Pool in Wai-o-Tapu is one of the main attractions of this thermal reserve. It is a huge hot spring in a 700 years old crater. The water has a temperature of 74ºC and is always steaming.

    The steam around this pool and the orange colour of the water are responsible for a special atmosphere at this point of Wai-o-Tapu.
    It was so nice to be here, for a short time just the two of us, enjoying this ‘sacred water’.

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    Champayne Pool

    by DONBURGESS Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    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.

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    The Lady Knox Geyser at Wai-o-tapu.

    by worldkiwi Written Jul 9, 2004

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    Lady Knox Geyser, Wai-o-tapu.

    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.

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    Lady Knox Geyser

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    The Soapy Lady Knox Geyser

    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.

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    Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Reserve

    by david1982 Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Champagne pools = steamy
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    Another one of the geothermal areas in the Rotorua vicinity. THis is larger and more touristy than Hells Gate, so be prepared for crowds, especially around the geyser.

    Champagne pools, Sulphur Lakes, all very interesting and gives you an insight into the Rotorua area.

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    Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland - Champagne pools

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Wai-O-Tapu

    by elpariente Updated Jan 28, 2010

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    Wai-O-Tapu (en Maorí Agua Sagrada) es una zona activa geotermal situada en la zona volcánica de Taupo , en la cual se pueden ver gran variedad de fenómenos geotermales .Es una ruta fácil que se puede hacer en 2 o 3 horas y con el olor a azufre constante vas viendo cráteres , lagunas de todos los colores , restos de azufre y otros minerales , fumarolas ... rodeado de un bosque y de ríos
    Al entrar al parque te dan un mapa con las posibles rutas que puedes seguir y hay que mencionar los nombres tan sugestivos que tienen las distintas partes del parque : Baño del Diablo , Cráter del infierno , Catarátas del Velo Nupcial , Tinteros del Diablo , Géiser de Wai-O-Tapu ....

    Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Water in Maori) is a geothermal hotspot located in the Taupo volcanic zone, where can be viewed wide variety of geothermal events. It's an easy route that can be done in 2 or 3 hours and with the constant smell of sulfur you will see craters, lakes of all colours, traces of sulphur and other minerals, fumaroles ...all the time surrounded by forest and rivers with great views
    When you enter the park you are given a map showing the possible routes you can follow and we must mention the names that are so suggestive for the different parts of the park as : the Devil's Bath, Crater of Hell, Bridal Veil Falls, Devil´s ink Pots , Geyser Wai-O-Tapu ....

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    Lady Knox Geyser

    by david1982 Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Make a run for it!
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    The Lady Knox Geyser is a geyser in the Wai-O-Tapu area of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is named after Lady Constance Knox, the second daughter of Uchter Knox, 15th Governor of New Zealand. The geyser is made to erupt on a regular basis by dropping soap into the opening of the geyser. Eruptions produce a jet of water reaching up to 20m and can last for over an hour.

    Prepare to get wet!

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    Wai-O-Tapu - Thermal area

    by al2401 Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    The geothermal areas around Rotorua belong to the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Wai-O-Tapu is an active geothermal area just south of Rotorua on the road to Taupo. The name is Maori for 'Sacred Waters'.

    It has been a tourist attraction for many years and, since the area was made a scenic reserve in 1931, operates under a concession.

    The area is well laid out with up to 3km of clearly defined tracks. The shortest track is 1.5km.

    The notable sights are, the Champagne Pool, the Artist's Palette (both on the short track) and Lake Ngakoro Waterfall on the long track.

    The visitor centre has good public amentiies, a cafe/bistro and the usual tourist shop.

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    Lady Knox Geyser

    by al2401 Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    Named after Lady Constance Knox who was the 2nd daughter of the 15th Governor of New Zealand, this geyser is the only one in New Zealand not to have a Maori name. It was discovered in the early 1900's when prisoners from a newly established open prison added soap to a hot spring for washing causing the geyser to erupt.

    There are two undergroud bodies of water with the cold one overlying the hot. The addition of soap acts as a surfactant and alters the surface tension of the cold water allowing the hot to erupt through it. The geyser can and will erupt without the addition of the soap.

    For the benefit of visitors the Lady Knoz Geyser is primed to erupt daily at 10:15am after a short information session. Bricks arranged around the spring to direct and enhance the eruption have been coated with silica resulting in an obvious cone. The water plume can reach up to 20 metres and plays for up to one hour.

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    Another Yellow Stone Park

    by Bob_Shan Written Feb 4, 2014

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    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias.

    NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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    Most Colourful Geothermal Park

    by wkcsmt Updated Dec 26, 2004

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    Artist's Pallette & Champagne Pool

    Wai-O-Tapu means Sacred Water. This is New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic environment. See the Champagne Pool, Artist's Palette, Lady Knox, Devil's Bath... Allow at least 2 hours to stroll & admire this magnificent park.

    The trip won't be complete without the experiencing the eruption of Lady Knox Geyser @ 10:15am daily (guaruantee!! - you'll find out when you visit). Get there early to get yourself a good spot!! It's located off the main park (will be signposted).

    Opens 8:30am - 5:00pm daily (last admission @ 3:45pm)

    I've been there 3 times over the past 10 years. So, what do you think of it?!

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    Wai-o-tapu Thermal Area.

    by worldkiwi Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    Champaigne Pool, Waiotapu.

    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).

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