Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickups are made between 8 am and 8.30 am from the Rotorua CBD. The following is a time breakdown. Unfortunately, we do not pick up from any ports as the closest is 60min.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady knox geyser erupt, visit the Lake Tarawera lookout and see boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Along the way, you'll learn all about volcanology, New Zealand's stunning flora and fauna, and Maori history from your naturalist guide.


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  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included

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Your day trip takes you through forestry and farmland to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and a series of colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. After seeing the Lady knox geyser erupt, you'll take a short drive to the Waimangu volcanic valley, where your guide will tell you about the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular, bush-covered, geothermal park.

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) are amazingly clear and colorful lakes, and their gorgeous scenery make them a favorite stop for visitors. You'll also visit the Buried Village, the site of a Maori village that was destroyed during the Tarawera volcanic eruption. You'll then take a walk through beautiful native bush to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout.



Live commentary on board

Local naturalist guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Small group tour, maximum 12 people

Entry/Admission - Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 5 years

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Dec-2019

    My husband and I loved this full day tour. We ended up being the only two on the tour and thanks to the best guide ever we had an amazing day. Our guide Kay was extremely knowledgeable of the history of Rotorua and all of New Zealand was well as the Maori people. She was very passionate and clearly loves sharing what she knows. It felt like she went above and beyond We had lots of questions, some more challenging than others and if she doesn't know something she asked other guides asking there way if they knew. The sights were incredible and she enhanced our experience even more.

  • 25-Sep-2018

    Linda was simply amazing. She was very kind, knowledgeable and taught me about the Maori culture past and present. She made me feel welcomed and comfortable since I was traveling alone. This tour is worth every penny and the beautiful locations in which you are taken to will take your breath away. I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. The waterfall was majestic and I felt honored to learn so much about the history of the Maori people. Please make sure you go into this experience with an open heart and a willingness to learn about another culture. This is a must tour if you are in Rotorua.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    We only had 6 people on our tour and it was amazing. Linda was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area, and we thoroughly enjoyed her commentary. In the morning we focused on the geo thermal environment and in the afternoon the Maori culture. We would strongly recommend our guide.

  • 30-Nov-2017

    The tour is a photographers dream, there is many subjects to choose from and the well placed paths ensure one has many great angles from which to capture their photo. There is a bit of down/up hill terrain to be aware of which one of moderate physical levels can easily manage. The living Maori Village is very interesting and nice to see as it demonstrates co-existence of traditional and modern living.

  • 22-Sep-2017

    Had not heard of Rotorua before researching for our trip. All I can say is everyone needs to go. The scenery is surreal with little thermal vents everywhere. The morning portion of this tour was really mind blowing with the scenery. The afternoon portion was nice, just not as spectacular as the morning. Rotorua is a must see.

  • 25-Mar-2017

    Huru was my guide for the full-day tour and he knew lots of things. He explained things passionately, especially about Maori culture. We first started with Wai-O-Tapu then to see Lady Knox Geyser. In the afternoon, he brought us to Te Puia where the carving and weaving skills were showcased. We also get a brief visit to see Kiwi bird in artificial nocturnal setting. Towards the end, we drove through the Blue Lake and Green Lake. Overall it was a day well spent!

  • 13-Jan-2017

    Our guide, Huru, was fantastic and we had a great day discovering so many amazing places!

  • 07-Jan-2017

    Really enjoyed this tour. Comfortable coach, the guide is very informative and funny. This tour roughly runs from 8:15-5:00 door to door time. There are quite a few walking tours, so it is better to wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and sunscreen. We went in summer, but the weather was quite up and down, it really depends on how everyone feels, but I'd recommend to bring a jacket. Just to add-on to the website's itinerary: After lunch we drove pass the Museum for some photos. We also head to the Whakarewarewa Village as our last stop.

  • 03-Jan-2017

    This was a great day. Trent was the best host. Amazing knowledge. We fitted in so much. We were lucky to be the only two people on the trip that day.

  • 03-Oct-2016

    Done this tour 20 years ago. Still the best. Great guide

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