4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, carving and weaving demonstrations at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs and a hands on farming experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Upgrade your touring to include a Rotorua Skyline Gondola ride or a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set.


  • Discover Rotorua on this half-day morning city tour
  • Visit Te Puia and get an insight into Māori culture and traditions
  • Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and experience its extraordinary landscape of boiling mud and steam
  • Get close to a wide range of native and exotic wildlife at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Watch the shearing demonstrations and learn about the history of farming at the sheep show at Agrodome
  • Travel on the Skyline Gondola and see stunning panoramic views over Rotorua's main centre

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What You Can Expect

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

The first stop is Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Enjoy a guided tour to view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People including carving and weaving demonstrations.

Next you will visit Agrodome Sheep Show - a hands-on experience giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history, followed by Rainbow Springs - a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, the kiwi bird;

Optional Upgrades

Rotorua Skyline Gondola Ride

Why not combine the tour with an optional Skyline Gondola ride offering spectacular views of Rotorua, 487 meters above sea level. The 900 meter long cableway has comfortable 8-seater cabins and offers great photo opportunities.

Hobbiton Movie Set
The Hobbiton Movie Set is built on a working New Zealand sheep farm and one of the last remaining structures from the Lord of the Rings films. See where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began, with opportunities to have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole or by the pond, this is a must do for Lord of the Rings fans!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour was very well organised. The bus driver who picked us up from the motel was punctual, very professional and entertaining. There were absolutely no problem with any of the places where we were taken including entry fees (which were included), tour guides who were very good and the actual places of interest. The gondola ride was really good but what was not mentioned in the description of the Morning City tour was the fabulous buffet lunch (with a huge selection of seafood/entrees and mains/delicious sweets etc) on top of the mountains after the gondola ride. The quality of the lunch was superb and of tremendous value (we were only expecting a sandwich and a drink but were pleasantly surprised at the restaurant, quality of food and ambience (great views!). Definitely worthwhile including the gondola ride and lunch with this morning city tour - a very pleasant end to the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Our guide was excellent.... personal stories about her Maori family added to the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Even though we had a lot of rain on that day, the bus driver /guide was terrific and we were impressed by his knowledge. I highly recommend the tour no matter what the weather is. Catherine from New York

Laura G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

On reconfirming this I was advised the Full Day Tour was no longer available but we still had the morning tour instead. We turned out to be the only people on it so had our very own personal tour! Absolutely worth doing as so much is packed in that we would not have had time to do otherwise. Our driver/guide was lovely and extremely knowledgeable. A definitely must when in Rotorua.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

For a beautifully corny introduction to the world of merinos, Drysdales and Romneys, then the Sheep Show is the perfect spot. It's undeniably well done and extremely popular to boot. The handlers make learning about sheep fabulously entertaining. The rams are brought on one by one as the guide explains which are good for wool and which are good for meat, and from there onwards the show hurtles along in a non-stop action frenzy.

Michael E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

A cool, sunny morning. The geysers were not fully active, but the guides were excellent and the Agrodome sheep show was great.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Great tour! Only four of us on the bus.

Elizabeth E
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

The guide was informative and friendly. The tour was excellent although by the end of the day we were exhausted.
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