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Tour code: 3647AM_HD
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.


  • 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

Helen n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a fabulous trip, despite the pouring rain ! Our guide, Huru sp? was fantastic, and in fact we my friend and I stayed on for the afternoon trip. In the morning we visited Wai-O-Tapu thermal area and the Waimangu Volcanic valley, and in the afternoon we visited a Maori village, the blue lake, lake Tarawera and Te Puia where we saw a Kiwi!. The whole day was interesting, fascinating, informative and full. Although I had been to a couple of the places before, having such a knowledgeable guide, and being driven, made the experience that much better. Our guide is a full-blooded Maori and hearing about the culture as well as the places we visited was really absorbing. A great trip - both the morning and afternoon, and trips that I would certainly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great guide for two amazing venues. A wonderful way to explore Rotorua.

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Was a great little trip. Our tour guide was Maori who was very accommodating. There were only four of us on the tour, and we were both late, and he still managed to get us back on time without us feeling rushed. Thoroughly enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Nice tour of the geysers and ecological systems in the area. Small group is nice and tour guide was native Maorian.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A fabulous tour. A great guide, very knowledgeable and informative, with a great sense of humour and quick-wit thrown in. Never thought we'd be able to get so close to the thermal springs. Best thing we've done since we arrived in NZ.

Colin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

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


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


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.

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