Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Tour

This stunning geothermal park amazes visitors with its diversity in colour, ranging from bright orange to emerald green. The park’s landscape is scattered with a huge variety of thermal activity; steaming lakes, bubbling mud and other fascinating terrains.

Tour Duration

Tour duration 6 to 7 hours.

Tour Price

Join one of our group tours below or book a Group/Private Charter tour where you have a driver and vehicle for the day at an hourly rate of NZ$180.00 per hour. We have a maximum of eleven people per vehicle. Your Tour Guide/Driver Geoff has extensive knowledge and experience of New Zealand.

  • NZ$ 210 per Adult Pre-booked
  • NZ$ 190 per Child Pre-booked (under 14 years)

Tour departure points

Pickups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.

Wai-O-Tapu Tour Itinerary

From your cruise ship, you will join Scott Tours for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most interesting destinations.

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En route, while we travel to Rotorua, passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes, you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries and exports.

Time permitting, we will also stop at other attractions on the way to Rotorua or on the way back. Iconic sights of Rotorua city; the government gardens, the historic bath house and a lakefront drive.

Then it is time to spend some time at this tour’s key attraction, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland….


Geoff, your driver, will escort you around the geothermal park of Wai-O-Tapu.

One not-to-miss highlight of the Wai-O-Tapu guided day tour is the “Mud Pool”. This feature was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920′s. It now provides an opportunity to experience the captivating noise of bubbling mud.

Walk through this wonderland via clearly defined tracks and enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

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