5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit the Lake Tarawera lookout and see boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Along the way, you'll learn all about volcanology, New Zealand's stunning flora and fauna, and Maori history from your naturalist guide.


  • 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

Best Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Lady Knox Geyser

Your day trip takes you through forestry and farmland to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and a series of colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. After seeing the Lady Knox geyser erupt, you'll take a short drive to the Waimangu volcanic valley, where your guide will tell you about the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular, bush-covered, geothermal park.

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) are amazingly clear and colorful lakes, and their gorgeous scenery make them a favorite stop for visitors. You'll also visit the Buried Village, the site of a Maori village that was destroyed during the Tarawera volcanic eruption. You'll then take a walk through beautiful native bush to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Trent was the best tourgide i have ever had

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.

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!

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

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

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

beautiful scenery and informative commentary.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Loved every minute guides very knowledgable and friendly

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