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Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

We had a great day on this trip. The guide was very informative and friendly and we learnt a lot more than if we had visited these areas ourselves.

Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was a fabulous tour. Our guide was Huru, he was fantastic, such knowledge about Rotorua. We went through the crater, quite a hike! --- also visited the mud pools and finally the Lady Knox geyser. Really recommend this tour.

Sylvia I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Amazing! Which I'd taken the time to do it years ago when I was in better physical shape to cope with the walking. Though very sore that night tho, I managed all the walking and enjoyed every minute. The guide was, to put it simply, just the best and we, and our friends from the UK are very grateful for his knowledge and friendliness.

Susan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

From the moment the bus picked us up at our hotel, we had a great time. Haru our driver , who is of Maori descent himself, shared his knowledge of the geology, the culture, and the area. We learned so much and particularly as a small group were able to ask questions freely along our exploring walk. Highly recommended.

Leslie N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Great tour with a terrific tour guide - very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

A fantastic tour around all the eco thermal areas. We went on the Morning tour and enjoyed all the information our fantastic guide Huru shared with us! Worth every penny!

Alexsandro L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

Huru is the guide, and he is very friendly person! The tour is not so cheap, but there was just 3 people in his van! You can do this trip by yourself, but isnt the same with guide!

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Fantastic tour with excellent guide Horu Spectacularly beautiful and the highlight of our all but too brif week in NZ

Katherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Really excellent. Our guide had a broad knowledge, not only of the geology of the area and the history of volcanic activity, but also of how Maori people would have used the natural resources (and of 'Lord of the Rings' filming location!) Richly illuminating experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Our first time in N.Z. This was an excellent tour, only half a day , hubby and I could easily have spent the whole day as it was so fantastic The tour guide was exceptional and certainly had a lot of knowledge of the area.
Lyn - Australia.

Laurie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2012

Huru was an amazing guide for this morning tour. I would have gladly spent a full day. The displays of thermal activity were amazing, and his ability to describe and explain made the experience better than I anticipated.

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Our halfday trip was excellent and we would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a company to beek with. Our guide was Huru and he was extremely informative and obviously very knowlegeable about the areas we were taken too. Any question asked he was able to answer. A very nice person to have as your guide. The trip itself was amazing, as was NZ as a country.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

Fantastic experience. Visited Wai-o-Tapu Thermal wonderland with Lady Knox geyser erupting and Waimangu Valley. Both are geothermal hot spots around Rotorua. The local guide Huru was fantastic and shared his invaluable knowledge with us all. Thoroughly recommend it!!!

Desmond B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2012

Just the best guide in town I'm sure, Huru you're the best. What a great story teller. My wife is Aussie she learn t so much and I being Kiwi was reminded of lots I had forgotten. The tour finished with Huru singing a Maori love song as he returned us to our hotel. Absolutely wonderful, a must do tour.


Duane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2011

I booked this tour after seeing that it was highly rated by others. Our tour guide (Huru) was very professional, and also very friendly, and he had an excellent knowledge of the history of the Rotorua area , which made the tour very interesting...he even sang a song for us on the way back to our drop-off point. Fantastic tour, very enjoyable, I'd recommend this to anyone!

Richard Pearce United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2011

This was the best way to get the most out of Rotorua's famous attractions, especially if you only have limited time there. The small group of 10 in a mini bus was perfect and the guide (Huru) was so friendly and funny - a joy to spend time with. We felt that we got a lot done on this morning tour and it was excellent value for money.

Graham H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2011

This was our best tour in New Zealand by far. Our guide was great fun and very knowledgeable on the Thermal Activity. It was a small group tour which afforded us all time to get to see all the amazing sights around Rotorua. The Champagne Pool is a must see, its amazing!! If you had just one tour in Rototrua make sure it's this one!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

Excellent tour with informative and knowledgeable guide. This tour was fun and not too long recommend highly.

Scott R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

This was a great tour, a good way to see the sights of Rotorua. It is a small group which makes it easier to get around and see more. The tour guide was one of the best I've had ever. Very passionate and informative about the moari cultures. Highly Reccomend, a lot of walking though.

Clayton F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2011

Brilliant guide, definitely do this trip for the highlights of the region.

Ray L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2010

The Guide was excellent. His knowledge of Rotorua and especially Maori history was amazing! He was informative, engaging, very friendly and made us all laugh. He made all those on the bus feel relaxed and welcoming.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2010

Very educational. I take blue-green algae on a daily basis. I had the opportunity to actually touch the algae growing in the water.

Roscoe H S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

This was the best tour of our trip! We got the best guide anyone could of had. We had low expectations when we booked this tour, but it was simply great!

Elisabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

This trip was great - amazing sights and the guide was excellent, very enthusiastic and knowledgable.

Lisa C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Great guide. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather and also were the only two people on the tour that day. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting.

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