Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu

June 2017

Thermal Wonderland Geyser Link shuttle tour (Headfirst)

Price
Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu combined was $129 (9:15am - 3:45pm)
If you book each separately is $79 each
The price includes everything except for your food and drinks for the day.


Itinerary
•8:45-9am Pick up (They pick you up from your accommodation)

1. Mud Pools
It is a quick stop (around 5-10 minutes) to watch the bubbling mud. It was so cool!

2. Lady Knox Geyser (10:30 am)
I was told at the iSite that I should book the early morning tour if I wanted to see this geyser erupt because it happened everyday at 10:30 am. I said hell yeah!
I thought it erupted naturally everyday at exactly 10:30 am. Nope, the eruption can be induced by adding soap! and that is how they control at what time it erupts! haha

3. Wai-O-Tapu park (10:40am - 12:25pm)
The guide said that in Maori Wai means Water and Tapu mean Sacred.
This place was the reason I came to Rotorua, I mean the pictures I see of this place are unbelievable! And these are my pictures.

Champagne Pool

It was very difficult to take good photos because of the steam (or because I suck) But yes these place actually exists! 

Devil's Ink pots!? ok, allow me to just dip my pen there...

Mushrooms!? mmm just one bite...


4. Waimangu Park (1pm to 3pm)
Apparently this is the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world. Created in 1886, according to the tour guide at the time it exploded 200 people were killed and the 8th wonder of the world at the time "The pink and white terraces" was completely destroyed.

The places that aren't that "famous" seem to be the ones I enjoy the most, even though I came for Wai-O-Tapu I think I liked Waimangu a little bit better. It was more natural, less people and more history. We had a map that explained every thing and there were a lot of interesting places to see. These are some of the pictures of Waimangu

Frying pan lake
A huge lake just steaming up! The amount of steam is insane.

Inferno Crater Lake
I was dying to dip in these blue waters. Can you believe that color!? Wow

Warbrick terraces
All about the colors! 

Lake Rotomahana

And at the end of the path there is a free shuttle bus to take you back to the top and into your tour bus. 

The driver of the bus was so funny! It was cold outside so the windows started fogging up, so the driver stopped the bus and with a very serious announcement voice he said:
Listen people! We are starting to get a lot of condensation in the windows so please just stop breathing!!
Then he wiped the windows and kept on driving
I love him!

My opinion of the tour

I only had about 1 hour and 45 minutes to see the Wai-O-Tapu because I had to get on the bus to Waimangu. And even though had enough time to do all the tracks and take some pictures along the way I felt a bit rushed, I was hurrying and watching the time to make sure I didn't miss the bus.

However, all things condidered I really enjoyed this tour and even though I thought it was a little bit rushed I'm glad I did it because I had the opportunity to see a lot more in one day than I would have by myself without a car. And it took me places I didn't know even existed! So it was well worth it to me.

After the shuttle bus will take you to your accommodation in Rotorua, I was back by 3:45pm
 

Wanderlady

Multilingual acupuncturist travelling the world