The only thing to do around is to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the colourful lakes, pans and geysers. For security reasons, this is going to be more a mental rather than physical exercise. The palette of different colours might turn you into a contemporary Van Gogh with their exuberance and intensity. The pans offer bubbling hells for pure amazement or cooking. Well, it is not clear how well the second option will go with the park authorities.
full of potholes like that with steam rushing out every second! its amazing how much geothermal energy that place generates!
The main park at Wai-O-Tapu is characterised by a large area of steaming ground and fumarolic activity associated with collapse craters and mud pools. The thermal activity is responsible for the noticeable variety of colours in the exposed rocks. The main attraction however is the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts 365 days a year at 10:15am.
Car is the best option. It allows you to visit the environs of Rotorua at your own pace. Wai-o-tapu is about 25km from downtown Rotorua. There is a parking conviniently supplied with security cameras and the warning signs coming with them.
it is seriously advisable to take off all jewellery before entering the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland because it will get corroded by all the sulphur there. the guide dipped a silver coin inside the sulphur pool and it came out copperish! mind your jewellery!
There is a Maori village between Rotorua and Wai-o-tapu. Jokes aside, it was closed!? Probably being a Maori does not pay well during the tourist off-season and they had their bags packed and gone to the city comfort of Rotorua. Whatever the case, this did not instil a firm belief in the vibrant Maori culture. Considering that the region is advertised as the place in NZ with the best preserved Maori culture, one has to wonder what the rest of the country has to offer in this respect.
Fun Alternatives: Wai-o-tapu