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Tour Wai-O-Tapu with a naturalist guide and discover the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua’s most popular geothermal park. This full-day tour with a small group delivers you to the shores of several volcanic lakes and includes a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout. Learn about Maori history, volcanology and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way. Numbers are limited to a maximum 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.


  • Day trip to Rotorua's geysers, mud pools, volcanoes and lakes
  • Boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Eruption of Lady Knox Geyser
  • Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake)
  • All attractions fully guided and commentated by local naturalist guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Rotorua hotels
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Lady Knox Geyser

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup by minivan in Rotorua, then travels south through farmland and forests on a 20-minute drive to Wai-O-Tapu, the North Island’s geothermal wonderland. 

Step out to experience New Zealand’s most extensive volcanic marvel as you follow a clearly defined footpath that skirts a series of colorful hot springs, such as the Champagne Pool and the Mud Pool — a remnant of a mud volcano. Watch the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser while your guide informs your small group about the Mt Tarawera eruption, responsible for creating the spectacular thermal park.

Then depart for a short drive to the Waimangu volcanic valley. Your vehicle stops at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), two picturesque spots in the Bay of Plenty region. Visit the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, the site of a missionary-established Maori village that was destroyed in the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. 

Finish with a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout for photo ops before your full-day tour ends with transport back to your Rotorua hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Two different guides during the day. Both good. Friendly and knowledgeable. Good day despite the horrific wearher


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Trent was the best tourgide i have ever had

Graham H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Trent was a great guide, very knowledgeable, generous spirited and very good value. Glad we took the full day tour rather than the half day because we got to see so much more of the local area and another geyser.

Raja S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We had a wonderful time and Trent was spectacular on our trip. This has been one of the highlights on our vacation and we highly recommend it!

Davjo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

One of our best day trips of our NZ holiday!!! A must for anyones list.

Aris United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great tour of Wai-o-Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic valley. Our guide Huru provided informative history of the Maori.

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

beautiful scenery and informative commentary.

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our guide, Huru, was excellent. We learned so much from him about the geology of the area and also about the history and culture of the Maori people .We had a very good tour of the area, which is amazing. We could not have had a better experience. Thanks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I found the day absolutely wonderful. I was met on time by Huru who was my guide for the day. I understood it was close to the end of the season, but I was very impressed that the tour was run as I was the only client. He was very knowledgible about the geology of the area which interested me greatly as I am a petroleum geologist. He also told me a lot about the local Maouri culture which I followed up further at the town Museum the following day. He was great company and it was a fascinating day. It made my trip down from KeriKeri well worth the long journey on two buses and I fully recommend the tour. It was excellent.

Jenny H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

If you are interested in the thermal areas around Rotorua, this tour is very informative and fascinating. Our guide Karl, was very knowledgeable about the geology of the area and of the Maori culture. Suggest that the visit to Lady Knox Geyser be removed as it is contrived and not in the Eco tour theme.

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