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Last updated: 20 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: James Fair

The world-famous volcanic town of Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island, is a hellish paradise of mud pools, hot springs and geysers spouting scalding water into the air.

And the Pohotu Geyser is its star attraction.

The largest geyser in the southern hemisphere, it reliably ‘erupts’ up to twenty times per day, sending hissing (and rather smelly) jets of sulphurous steam and dirt up to 30m (100 feet) into the air.

The Te Puia reserve is also home to 500-plus hot springs and over 50 other geysers.

Price from: £35
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
Frequency: monthly
When: All year around
Duration: 1 night

Getting there & doing it

The geyser is within the Te Puia geothermal ‘wonderland’ – a park containing numerous smaller geysers, hot springs and exploding mud pools.

The park’s Maori owners run a variety of tours and experiences, which often include a performance of Maori dance at the end. Not to be missed!

When to do it

The park is open all year round, seven days a week.

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