Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Wai-O-Tapu From Auckland

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • 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 :
    Auckland Central (CBD) locations or Rotorua Central locations.
  • 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.


Experience the world-famous geothermal wonders of Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of the most surreal places on earth) plus the stunning city of Rotorua and its famous sights, all in one day.Our tours are run in small groups with a maximum of 11 people, in modern minibuses, specially built to enhance your tour experience. On board we have amazing guides who are passionate about New Zealand and the attractions you are visiting, and who always have a lot of stories and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. Drop down screens in all of our tour vehiclesbring the guides stories to life. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, surprise wildlife viewings, complimentary water and snacks, USB charging points for your devices and even Wifi access in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it's not all about the destination... it's the journey that makes our tours special.

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This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island
Your tour starts in New Zealands largest city. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the citys top highlights.
Pass By: Waikato Region, Waikato Region, North Island
Be driven through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to your next attraction. During the trip you will encounter stunning scenery, might rivers, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals along the way.
Stop At: Tirau, Tirau, Waikato Region, North Island
Famously dubbed the 'Corrugated Capital of the World' because of the many unique Corrugated Iron sculptures and building this town never fails to get a look and a laugh. Our guides will point out all the main highlights on the way through.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand
Experience a fully guided tour of Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland. Considered one of the most surreal places on earth, here you will see the famous Champagne Lake, Devil's bath, local mud-pools, geothermal craters and other geothermal wonders. The colours and activity will take your breath away.
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
Pass the historical Blue Baths and Racheal Spring as part of the city highly portion of your tour. The Blue Baths was one of New Zealands first commercial geothermal baths feed to this day by the boiling waters of the Racheal Spring.
Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
Meaning lake number two in Maori Lake Rotorua is not an ordinary lake but in fact a Caldera (volcanic crater) that still has signs of geothermal activity in many parts making it a very popular attraction. During your city highlights portion of you tour the guide will show you the best spots at the lake and explain some of its stories.
Duration: 10 minutes
Pass By: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand
Government Gardens is home to the architectural wonder of Rotorua Museum, beautiful rose gardens, The Blue Baths, Rachael Spring and public recreational areas. This area is a favourite of tourists and locals alike. As part of the City Highlights portion of your tour you will be taken through the Government Gardens while our guide points out the top attractions.
Stop At: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity and beautiful gardens. Depending if you have chosen 1 or 2 activities there may be some extra free time to explore on your own. Maybe checkout sulphur point or eats street.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pass By: Taupiri, Taupiri, Waikato Region, North Island
Driving through more amazing countryside we pass many sites of cultural significance including local Maori burial sites, cultural totem pole, important/ mighty rivers and many more animals.
Pass By: Huntly, Huntly, Waikato Region, North Island
Huntly sitting in the banks of our largest and most important river is now a quiet town but once famous for mining. It's claim to fame these days is New Zealand's large thermal power station that is capable of producing 30% of the countrys electricity needs.
Stop At: Pokeno, Pokeno, North Island
Time dependent we stop to enjoy a New Zealand Tip Top Ice Cream (local favourite) you will require cash for the Ice Cream shop if you would like one.
Duration: 15 minutes


  • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland (maximum 11 passengers)
  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specific central Auckland hotels only)
  • Rotorua City Highlights Tour
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • On screen entertainment during the drive
  • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos
  • Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable minibuses
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

A moderate amount of walking is involved.

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Nov-2019

    We had time enough to see all the attractions at Wai O Tapu. After this I decided to visit Paradise Wild Life Park, also a great experience.
    Melissa is an excellent tour guide and very helpfully.

  • 13-Dec-2018

    I would not suggest to use "Cheeky Kiwi Travel". In all the tours we used for NZ, each and everyone of them were professional, well educated in tourism and reasonably priced. I think Cheeky Kiwi Travel was a family run business that ran it as nothing but a business operation. Here's an account of why I'm writing this 1) Although my booking was made and confirmed on 7th Nov for 2 people, the company sent an email on 16th Nov to say they haven't made enough numbers and would be cancelling my booking for 19th Nov and would provide a full refund. They provided alternative tours (ran by themselves) for the same date which I wasn't interested in, as I set out what I wanted to see and do before arriving into NZ. They didn't consider providing alternative dates for the rest of my duration. I had to propose that before someone came back to me to confirm that. I had to switch another tour for the only alternate date available which cost me $60 out of my own pocket, which I made a point to inform "Cheeky Kiwi Travel" on email but no one responded to that, not even as a form of remorse. 2) When the driver finally arrived and had us standing on the main road of our hotel on a cold early Saturday morning, they 20 mins late and had only picked up one other passenger, which meant we were going to be significantly late going forwards. 3) The driver (and her chaperone) had no experience of the city and how to get around, but used two gps to get around as they were lost by the 'new one way system' of the city. As it happens, the two individuals later identified themselves as husband and wife. 4) They had no idea where the intercity bus terminal was and what WAS the Intercity bus! 5) They had no depth of knowledge aside of what they had memorized about the road they took to get to our destination or the place they were going. They had no knowledge or understanding on the history of New Zealand nor Māori culture, when asked but made a point to google such in the vehicle whilst driving. They were however extensively knowledgable and forthcoming about the farming and dairy industry because they were once farmers themselves. 6) They weren't considerate to the foreign passengers where english wasn't their first language. They basically used sentences like 'would you like an upgrade to visit the geysers' rather then saying, it's an extra $40 to see the Geysers, would you like to go too? 7) There is MORE... They basically ripped me off $444 and I'm not happy.