5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

Spend an afternoon in Te Puia at Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute — Rotorua’s premier cultural center. Discover Maori history and customs with guided visits to settlement sites and living villages, then walk past mud pools and hot lakes to see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll spot kiwi birds and stop by lakes Tikitapu, Okareka and Rotokakahi on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.


  • Enjoy a scenic afternoon tour filled with history and culture
  • Learn about the former Maori village, destroyed during the Tarawera volcanic eruption
  • See the blue and green lakes, Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

Boiling mud pools, Rotorua

This small-group guided tour through Te Puia includes the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and Kiwi House. After hotel pickup in Rotorua, it’s just a 5-minute drive to your destination. 

On arrival, visit a wood-carving studio, craft gallery and flax-weaving display at Rotowhio Marae, a Maori village where you’ll learn about the history and traditional customs of New Zealand’s indigenous people.

After a peek at nocturnal kiwi birds inside a special enclosure, follow your guide past the impressive mud pools and steam vents of Te Puia. You’ll get a chance to see the daily eruption of the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere: Pohutu Geyser, which reaches a height of 100 feet (30 meters). 

Depart for a driving tour past Government Gardens, a public park situated on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Then complete your afternoon sightseeing with a photo stop at several volcanic lakes. See Lake Okareka as well as Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) and Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), with interpretive views of Lake Tarawera, before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I was lucky enough to have an individual tour - as I was the only one booked in! The Tour Guide was amazing. He took me to see the small indiginous villages, telling me local stories all the while. We saw the rest of Rotorua township then visited Te Paui, where my guide showed me everything there was to see there, providing a wonderful commentry. At the conclusion, I was dropped back at my hotel.

Isobel M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

I enjoyed the village and we were given plenty of time to look around. We also enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable driver.
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