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

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.

Highlights

  • Half-day tour of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, from Rotorua
  • Drive a short distance from Rotorua to view New Zealand’s largest geothermal parks with an experienced guide
  • Walk through the colorful volcanic terrain of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the geology of the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley
  • Understand how native forest regenerated after the destruction of the 1866 Tarawera Volcano’s eruption
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides an intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Lady Knox Geyser, Rotorua

Following hotel pickup in the morning, depart Rotorua by minivan for the 25-minute scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, considered New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Disembark here for a guided walk along wide and well-groomed trails that border volcanic craters, natural springs and bubbling mud pools in a vibrant range of yellow, orange and turquoise technicolor.

Listen to your guide describe the area’s geothermal activity since the 1866 eruption of the Tarawera Volcano, and see how the surrounding native bush has regenerated. Learn about the Lady Knox Geyser before you witness its fountain of water exploding into the air. 

Your leisurely stroll allows for plenty of time to ask questions and take photos as you marvel at the surreal beauty of Wai-O-Tapu. After, hop back into your vehicle for the short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and discover how New Zealand’s indigenous Maori made use of these geothermal hot spots.

Your 4-hour tour ends with the return to your Rotorau hotel.

Customer Reviews

Colin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Trent was an excellent tour guide, informed and informative. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

ZHM

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very informative guide

Kai A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Awesome tour and the guide was very friendly and very funny too!! Saw some amazing sites and learned a lot about the Volcanic and tectonic nature of the area.

Ana L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing tour, wonderful and unique landscape. And Trent is the best guide ever! He gave us plenty of information about Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua and New Zealand. He also shared with us a really nice dose of great sense of humour! We'll definitely do this tour again when we go back to NZ, it's a must!

Ana and Jonay Spain

d86rod

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Rotoura is an amazing area. The geothermal areas are beautiful. Our tour guide Trent was awesome. His knowledge of the area and history of New Zealand and Maori culture is 2nd to none.

Mary Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was excellent. A great deal of credit goes to Trent, the driver/tour guide, who provided great information and background on this amazing part of the world. I recommend it to anyone. Not too strenuous, and gets one out into the thermal areas and parks.

Cliff Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

New Zealand itself is beautiful but this just opened up another part of the Island that was incredible. What made this more so was Trent our guide. His knowledge of the surrounding area and the formations you witness was not only interesting but his explanations were easy to understand. He even took the silly questions in his stride and came out with some good humour as well. I believe this is worth doing as you get a better understanding of what is occurring in the region plus the spectacular views and excellent commentary. 'Trent may you always walk on water'

Matthew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Amazing guide, exploring some fab sights

Wendy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Brilliant tour terrific knowledgeable guide Trent should be highly recommended

christine w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

patrick our tour guide was great just enough information the thermal areas we went to were great mud pools were my highlight we saw the geyser erupt and visiting all the thermal areas

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