Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia From Auckland

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 m.. read more
  • Return Details :
    All Auckland Central (CBD) locations or Rotorua Central locations.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience the world famous geothermal and Maori cultural wonders of Te Puia. This unforgettable tour combines natures power and beauty with Maori culture all in one day.

Te Puia Geothermal Park & Pohutu
Maori Cultural Village and Arts School
Rotorua City Highlights
Waikato Farm Region

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe its our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

This day tour gives you the time to explore Te Puia and participate in the extra options if you choose, unlike many other tours. Led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

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Stop At: Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings, Tirau New Zealand
One day tour from Auckland to the famous and magical geothermal wonders of Rotorua including Te Puia Geothermal Park and Maori Cultural Village.
On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our comfortable mini-bus and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Rotorua. During the trip south, you will encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals. We will also pass through the unique town of Tirau (the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world) and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade.
Once in Rotorua we will guide you past many of its famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here we head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once inside the park we stop for lunch and we highly recommend trying the traditional Maori Hangi meal.
After lunch we set off for a fully guided tour around this amazing park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. You will see Phutu Geyser, Mori Architecture, the Mori craft school, geothermal craters, geothermal vents and even have the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house.
Upgrade and enjoy a traditional Maori concert including a demonstration of the world-famous Haka.
Finally, our guides will take you for some discounted souvenir shopping in town before heading back north on a fully guided drive back to Auckland or you can choose to be dropped off in Rotorua instead.
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
See beautiful Lake Rotorua as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.
Pass By: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand
See Rotorua Museum as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.
Pass By: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
See the Blue Baths as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.
Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
Enjoy a fully guided tour around Te Puia Geothermal Park and Maori Arts and Crafts School. Add a Maori Cultural Show and Maori Hangi Lunch onto your tour to enhance your experience even more. Additional cost for show and hangi - please add these onto your tour during the booking process.
Duration: 2 hours


Small Group and Fully Guided Tour

Entry Tickets

Bottled water


Entry/Admission - Te Puia



Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Food and drinks, unless specified

Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes

Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

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

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Oct-2022

    The geothermal park was wonderful with a funny knowledgeable tour guide, even saw the kiwi birds. Definitely worth a visit. As for the Cheeky kiwi tours, our guide/driver Michael was fantastic and lovely, we had a good laugh. The guides go out their way to make the experience as best as possible. Definitely would recommend going to this place and booking with Cheeky Kiwi.

  • 04-Sep-2022

    Loved the Maori school in session for wood carving and weaving at Te Puia. Waitamo Caves is a great combined experience in caves and biolumminesent creatures. Excellent guide and experience overall.

  • 20-Aug-2022

    Had a great trip with Michael down to Rotorua went to Te Puia and then did the tree top walk. A very smooth and organised day and highly recommend Cheeky Kiwi Travel.

  • 13-Aug-2022

    We had a great day during this tour. Our guide, Grant was very passionate about his country. While he drove through the beautiful farmland and rolling hills, he also talked about New Zealand’s formation. He told us a great deal about New Zealand’s geological history as well as its colonization. We had a local guide at the Waimato Caves. He told us how the caves are formed and about the glowing worms. He even sang a Maori song in the cave’s Cathedral. I had not planned to have a Rangi lunch, but Grant made it easy for me to have it. It was delicious! At last, we visited Te Puia Park, where we also had a local guide. We visited the Kiwi bird center, where we observed the kiwi, a flightless bird in danger of extinction. We saw the amazing Pohutu geyser in full eruption! The visit to the carving and weaving school brought us closer to the first habitants of New Zealand, the Maori. We enjoyed seeing the young Maori learning and sharing the traditional craft of their people. Our group enjoyed each other’s company. Our guide’s enthusiasm, until the end of our tour, was contagious. We really appreciated his effort and this day will be dearly remembered!

  • 12-Feb-2020

    Grant did a Fabulous job of organizing the day so that everyone got the most of what they wanted to experience. I would highly recommend the geothermal park as it was fascinating and Grant gave us a personal tour. The gondola was a relaxing end to the day in Rotorua. It is a long day but well worth the trip. Exceptional company!

  • 10-Jan-2020

    Did waiu-te-Pau as well. Well informed guide who made us feel welcome and kept us refreshed. Was amazing to see the two places and how different they where. The champagne pool and the bright green one amaze you then a short ride away and you see the geyser blow, awesome

  • 07-Dec-2019

    Left Auckland right on time in nice Mercedes van. Lance our driver was great telling stories about everything we saw. Was very knowledgeable about everything about in New Zealand. It was really special to stop for “ worlds best ice cream” and also a local supermarket for chocolate ( which was half the price compared to airport prices. Over all the cost of “small group tour” which was a little more expensive but well worth it. The only negative part of the tour( which can’t be avoided) is a long 3 hour ride both ways. Do highly recommend tour especially if lance is your guide

  • 13-Oct-2019

    Michael was a great guide who got us everywhere safely. Stopping by Lake Rotarua was amazing. I thought we were just going to drive by the lake but we were able to get out of the car to take some of the most amazing pictures. I didn't have tickets to the Maori cultural show at Te Puia but Michael & Cheeky Kiwi Travel were able to purchase tickets for me since I wanted to attend. Michael gave great advice to one of the tour members so we were all able to get front row seats for the show. I thought there was enough time after the show to eat and walk around to see the geyser as well as surrounding area. Even though it was a long day, the pictures I captured that day were well worth it!

  • 13-Oct-2019

    Had a great time on the day trip to Rotorua. Michael was a great guide and very entertaining on the long drive to and from Rotorua. There were 6 of us in the group doing a variety of activities and he let us know how the day would work, what to expect and the various times throughout the day where different people would need to be for the day to run to plan. At no time did we feel rushed, but were kept on track and everything ran to schedule. Really enjoyed getting to know my tour mates and would definitely look at doing another tour with Cheeky Kiwi when back in New Zealand.

  • 29-Sep-2019

    It was raining very hard that day, our driver Lance was very thoughtful and brought us umbrellas so we were able to complete this trip, Lance even put down his umbrella and took pictures for us in the big rain so we would bring home with the beautiful pictures. He did his best to take good care of everyone, we had a great time even though the challenging weather, thank you Lance :)

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