• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 177.74 View price calendar

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This small-group day trip from Auckland features the highlights and hospitality of Rotorua. Visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute of Te Puia, witness the thermal activity of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and tour the city with a knowledgeable guide. Opt for additional free time to explore on your own, or upgrade for a 2-hour private soak at the Polynesian Spa or a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You have the flexibility to return to Auckland or end with drop-off in Rotorua.


  • Rotorua highlights tour with a professional guide
  • Drive past the farmlands of Waikato and tour the city
  • Watch cultural demos at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Te Puia
  • Stroll past bubbling mud pools and Pohutu Geyser
  • Upgrade to add on Polynesian Spa or Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Travel with a small group by air-conditioned minivan
  • Select a round-trip from Auckland or be dropped off in Rotorua

What You Can Expect

Exciting Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Boiling mud at Te Puia

Customer Reviews

Olga H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

It was indeed an exciting day trip. The amazing green country side and scenery was just unbelievable. Every one traveling with us in our van were as amazed as me and arriving at Rotorua was just another incredible site. Lunch was good and enjoyed the people who had lunch with us as they were coming from different parts of the world, all quite fascinated being in Rotorua and seeing such gorgeous sites like the Blueys thermal pool, enjoying the biggest geyser in the southern hemisphere and the heated mud pools. The icing on the cake at the end of the tour was spending few hours at the Polynesian spa where we relaxed. The only thing I regret was not buying more manuka honey.

Paul N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Driver Gary was a delight just absolutely exceptional he gave us tips about New Zealand, history tidbits, and drove us through the Prime Minister's hometown, just for kicks. Oh, the Rotorua tour? That was great too! I enjoyed the quick lesson in pronouncing Maori. One thing that wasn't included in the booking was the Haka presentation, so pay for that onsite because it was worth it. I added the hot springs spa to my day trip. While nice, the water is--yep, you guessed it--hot, so it was good for a half hour or so. I suggest that, instead of the hot springs, you do the add-on to see the additional geysers.

Susanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was excellent. It was great being part of a small, friendly group, and the tour guides Chris and Dallas were both fantastic. They both went out of their way to ensure we were seeing what we wanted to, and were flexible if we finished an activity before we were supposed to! The set up at Te Puia was fantastic- as was seeing the geyser. The resident kiwi was hiding when I was there, but it was lovely they had one. I added in the tour of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland- and recommend it.

Flora G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Most enjoyable day trip . Driver timely ,efficient and helpful .Maori guide and dance display very appropriate and enjoyable.Loved the black swans .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I ended up buying this tour halfway through the hour, but it was a pleasant surprise. It starts very early but the staff was very punctual. We spent the morning in the city of Rotorua, we saw the Maori culture center and several places with geothermal activities which are very beautiful. The ride is long but worth it.

James E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this tour was excellent, very informative!!!!!

Josh F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

If you're staying in Auckland, then I highly recommend taking this day trip to Rotorua. It is a great way to learn about Maori culture and visit a working village. Make sure to try and time your trip to the village right so you can be there when the geyser is going off. We added-on the trip to the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, and it was fascinating. Be prepared to experience a wonderful smell of sulfur in the air when you go.

Becky W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great tour! Rotorua was one of my mother's must-see items on her bucket list and this tour ticked all the boxes. The driver/guide, Fran, was entertaining and knowledgeable about the area. She drove us around the town to several interesting sites that we would never have found on our own.

The Te Puia Maori village and the thermal fields were fantastic. We especially enjoyed the Maori concert. The lunch that was served was very good. I really enjoyed the traditional Maori meal cooked using the thermal features.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour to others visiting the area.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful day.

Marian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Everything was extremely well organized and on time. My guide Ric was fabulous. He took me to Rotorua and Waiotapu. This was the best trip I have ever been on. Thank you. Thumbs up!!!!!

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