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On this 5-hour Rotorua city tour, you’ll stroll alongside Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. See Rotorua’s key attractions, including the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Rainbow Springs nature park. At the Agrodome Sheep Show, you’re treated to demonstrations at an authentic New Zealand farm. Book an optional lunch, and upgrade to include a Skyline Rotorua Gondola ride or a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies. 


  • Discover Rotorua on this half-day morning city tour
  • Visit Te Puia and get an insight into Māori culture and traditions
  • Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and experience its extraordinary landscape of boiling mud and steam
  • Get close to a wide range of native and exotic wildlife at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Watch the shearing demonstrations and learn about the history of farming at the sheep show at Agrodome
  • Travel on the Skyline Gondola and see stunning panoramic views over Rotorua's main centre

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What You Can Expect

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

After a convenient hotel pickup in Rotorua, board your coach for the short drive to your first stop: Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Here, follow your guide along the footpaths past bubbling mud pools and other geothermal wonders such as the mighty Pohutu Geyser, which erupts 100 feet (30 meters) into the air.

Next, you’re taken to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute for insight into the traditional arts and customs of the Maori people. See wood carving and weaving demonstrations, and discover the cultural significance behind their sacred meeting houses.

Enjoy a stop for lunch (if option selected at booking). 

At the award-winning Agrodome Sheep Show, an interactive experience lets you take part in a live sheep auction and see sheep-herding dogs in action. Watch a carding and spinning demonstration, and step inside the century-old Woollen Mill.

Rainbow Springs is your final destination — a unique nature park that showcases New Zealand's flora and fauna. See a variety of birds and other wildlife on display, including New Zealand's national icon at Kiwi Encounter, before return transport to your hotel. 

Optional Upgrades 
Skyline Rotorua Gondola Ride
Combine your tour with a gentle and scenic Skyline Gondola ride. Each 8-seater cabin provides 180-degree panoramic views of Rotorua, from 1,600 feet (487 meters) above sea level. 

Hobbiton Movie Set
Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set — aka The Shire — built on a working New Zealand sheep farm. See some of the last remaining structures from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films., including the hobbit hole of Bilbo Baggins, where the quest for the ring began. A must-do for LOTR fans.

Customer Reviews

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a great tour. The people were knowledgable and very helpfull. As expected we saw a lot and were on and off the bus. the ability to return for a second look on the same pass was good. Definatly a great way to see everything.

Kathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wonderful tour and guide went out of the way to accomodate us

Katrina Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, allowed us to see all the highlights in half a day.

Olivia O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


Renus B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour was very well organised. The bus driver who picked us up from the motel was punctual, very professional and entertaining. There were absolutely no problem with any of the places where we were taken including entry fees (which were included), tour guides who were very good and the actual places of interest. The gondola ride was really good but what was not mentioned in the description of the Morning City tour was the fabulous buffet lunch (with a huge selection of seafood/entrees and mains/delicious sweets etc) on top of the mountains after the gondola ride. The quality of the lunch was superb and of tremendous value (we were only expecting a sandwich and a drink but were pleasantly surprised at the restaurant, quality of food and ambience (great views!). Definitely worthwhile including the gondola ride and lunch with this morning city tour - a very pleasant end to the tour.

Darlene G K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Our guide was excellent.... personal stories about her Maori family added to the experience.

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Even though we had a lot of rain on that day, the bus driver /guide was terrific and we were impressed by his knowledge. I highly recommend the tour no matter what the weather is. Catherine from New York

Laura G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

On reconfirming this I was advised the Full Day Tour was no longer available but we still had the morning tour instead. We turned out to be the only people on it so had our very own personal tour! Absolutely worth doing as so much is packed in that we would not have had time to do otherwise. Our driver/guide was lovely and extremely knowledgeable. A definitely must when in Rotorua.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

For a beautifully corny introduction to the world of merinos, Drysdales and Romneys, then the Sheep Show is the perfect spot. It's undeniably well done and extremely popular to boot. The handlers make learning about sheep fabulously entertaining. The rams are brought on one by one as the guide explains which are good for wool and which are good for meat, and from there onwards the show hurtles along in a non-stop action frenzy.

Michael E United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

A cool, sunny morning. The geysers were not fully active, but the guides were excellent and the Agrodome sheep show was great.

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