• Waiotapu

    Educational Resource


Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Waiotapu Thermal
Wonderland (Sacred Waters), is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal
sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape, one of the
most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.
The surreal beauty opens your mind and invigorates your senses to release your own inner
harmony and sense of tranquillity. Enjoy viewing unique volcanic features as you walk at your
own pace along well-defined tracks. Relax in the first-class Visitor Centre, home to our Retail
and Café facilities, or pack a picnic and enjoy our spaces both inside and outside the park.
Come, see, and hear the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am on opening
days. Presented by our fantastic staff in a natural amphitheatre, the Lady Knox Geyser
provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a cashless site. All major credit cards and EFTPOS is
The ‘wow’ factor is prominent at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, the place we love to share
with visitors. “One of the most surreal places in the world” (TripAdvisor). Nau mai, haere mai.

Education Groups

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland provides an outstanding opportunity for educational visits. Students explore New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area and surrounding native bush. With over 20 unique natural features including the world-famous Champagne Pool, Lady Knox Geyser, and largest Sinter Terraces in the southern hemisphere, students will be in awe for hours. Guided tours (by prior arrangement only) and comprehensive guide maps are available to provide and informative and in-depth experience. NCEA Assessments and Fact Sheets are available to accompany your visit. These resources will be provided upon confirmation of booking and at the request of the principal teacher. Geography students experience a natural geothermal area, and Tourism students will be able to understand first-hand the dynamics of a leading attraction. Visits are self-guided; staff members are available to provide an overview upon request. There will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions related to the subject matter.

Activity Name

Thermal Park & Lady Knox Geyser experience 1.5 to 3.5 hrs.
Lady Knox Geyser – allow 30mins
Walk 1 45mins 1.5km
Walk 1 & 2 60mins 2km
Walk 1, 2 & 3 90mins 3km

Achievement Standards

NCEA Level 1 Geo – AS 91007

Geo – AS 91009
Geo – AS 91011

NCEA Level 2 Geo – AS 91427

Tourism – US 24728

NCEA Level 3 Geo – AS 91431

Tourism – US 24730
Tourism – US 24733

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