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New Zealand's North Island is home to some of the most remarkable volcanic and geothermal attractions in the world. One of the more eye-catching attractions is Devil's Bath. Devil's Bath is located in the stunning Taupo Volcanic Zone, not far from the famous Tongariro Crossing (that everyone should hike and explore).

Devil's Bath is one of the most remarkable of the many eye-catching features in the region. One look at the luminous green waters, and one will have an idea of how it earned its name. The most impressive collection of hydrothermal attractions is undoubtedly Yellowstone. Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful, Lone Star, and over half of the world's geysers and many other hydrothermal attractions.


New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone

The impressive Taupo Volcanic Zone is located in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand. The zone has been active for around 2 million years and remains active today.

The zone has also created Mount Ruapehu - the highest volcano in New Zealand (and some of the North Island's only ski resorts). The landscapes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone even served as the backdrop of the lands of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings movies.

  • Lake Taupo: The Flood Caldera Of The Largest Volcano In The Zone

The Taupo Volcanic Zone includes the massive caldera lake of Taupo, the geothermal region of Rotorua, and the active offshore volcano of White Island in the Bay of Plenty. It is also, in turn, part of the larger Central Volcanic Region.

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Devil's Bath - The Neon Green Colored Pool

One can discover the Devil's Bath and the surrounding region on a day tour from Auckland. That being said, it is even better to spend a few nights in the inland towns of Rotorua or Taupo. Rotorua is internationally famous for its wonderland of geysers, steaming hot mud pools, volcanoes, and even the world's largest hot water spring.

While one may not be able to soak in Devil's Bath itself, there are plenty of other hot water springs to soak in the region (including just out of Lake Taupo by the town).

Discover the neon green pool of the stagnant stink water. Devil's Bath lays in a slight depression (that was likely formed from eruptions underground long ago). The neon greenness of the water stems from deposits of sulfur that rises to the surface and floats on the top.

  • Color: From the Sulfur In The Pool
  • Smell: Expect The Stench of Sulfur

The Devil's Bath and its green color is just one of the many stunning natural hues to be found across the volcanic area. Find other pools with blues, turquoise, reds, and other colors.

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Getting To The Devil's Bath - Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful

and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of geothermal activity.


The Devil's Bath is in the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, that's said to be New Zealand's most colorful geothermal attraction. There, visitors are able to enjoy many unique volcanic features from well-defined tracks.

Today visitors are able to hike up and view the pool, but while they are able to gawk at it, they are not able to bathe in it. The Devil's Bath is not a pool one would like to swim in - it would peel one's skin off.

  • Swimming: It Is Not Possible To Swim In The Devil's Bath

If one is planning to visit, plan on taking between 45 and 90 minutes to explore the walks and attractions.

  • Time Needed: 45-90 Minutes

Attractions at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland include colored springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, volcanic craters, terraces, and more.

Key Attractions At Wai-O-Tapu:

  • Champagne Pool
  • Devil's Bath
  • Lady Knox Geyser: Erupts At 10.15 am Daily

The Lady Knox Geyser erupts every day (with some man-made help) at 10.15 am. It erupts up to heights of 10-20 meters.

  • Status: Temporarily Closed For Renovations

There is a visitor center at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, and admission tickets are required for entry. Note that as of the time of writing (August 2022), the complex is closed for renovations - check their website to see when it is reopening again.