Wai-O-Tapu – Scuptured from volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making Wai O Tapu is recognised as being the most colourful and geothermal sightseeing attraction in New Zealand.
Wai O Tapu translated means ‘Sacred Waters” and is easy to see why, This stunning geothermal park is just amazing with its diversity in colour with hot pools ranging in colour from Turquoise blue, rich greens and gold that makes the waters at Wai O Tapu a dazzling must see attraction when visiting Rotorua and Taupo.
Its landscape is catered with a variety of thermal activity of steaming lakes, The array of colours in the pools is caused by mineral salts that also include arsenic, gold and silver. The ‘Champagne Pool’ is a great example of this, caused by minerals and silicates giving this particular pool spectacular vibrant colours of orange and greens.
Visitors have the freedom to explore the park at their leisure, with well defined walking tracks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each area and pathways having its own unique volcanic and colourful features with vistas sculptured by geothermal activity.
The natural bush setting adds another dimension to the visitors experience as does the ‘Lady Knox Geyser’ that erupts daily at around 10-15 am everyday, an awesome site of spurting hot water over 20 metres into the air from its white conical mound of silica, although there is a timely special trick to its eruptions by adding soap into the spout.
Other impressive pools at Wai O Tapu, is the ‘Artists Pallette’ a primrose sinter terrace which overflows from the Champagne pool hot spring giving colourful sulphur rich deposits, other grothermal features are the ‘The Devils Bath” and of coarse it wouldn’t be Rotorua without its Bubbling ‘Mud Pools’
Wai O Tapu’s visitor centre offers a retail area with an extensive range of souvenirs and gifts available, the Geyser Cafe offers a range of hot and cold food and beverage available with both indoor and outdoor seating.