Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Lonely Planet review

Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is a fairly commercial operation with a lot of interesting geothermal features packed into a small area, including the boiling, multi-hued Champagne Pool , bubbling mud pool , stunning mineral terraces and Lady Knox Geyser , which spouts off (with a little prompting from an organic soap) punctually at 10.15am and gushes up to 20m for about an hour (be here by 9.45am to see it).

Wai-O-Tapu is 27km south of Rotorua along SH5 (towards Taupo), and a further 2km from the marked turn-off.