The Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland can be found near Rotura on New Zealand’s North Island. It is the name of a tourist operation within the Wai-O-Wapu region, which has been a protected scenic area since 1931. It lies 27 kilometres south of Rotura, which is about a 20 minute drive by car.
Wai-O-Tapu is a geothermal area that lies on the edge of the Okataina volcano. The name translates from Maori as “Sacred Waters” and there are many different hot springs in this area, which are especially noted for their vivid colours.
The most famous hot spring is arguably the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts every day at 10.15 am and this is the most visited attraction in the area by tourists. In addition to this there is Champagne Pool, Primrose Terrace and the Artist’s Palette. There are also numerous bubbling mud pools.
Entry prices into the Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland and other information for visitors can be found on the website.