• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 216.70 View price calendar

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Tour Wai-O-Tapu with a naturalist guide and discover the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua’s most popular geothermal park. This full-day tour with a small group delivers you to the shores of several volcanic lakes and includes a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout. Learn about Maori history, volcanology and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way. Numbers are limited to a maximum 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.


  • Day trip to Rotorua's geysers, mud pools, volcanoes and lakes
  • Boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Eruption of Lady Knox Geyser
  • Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake)
  • All attractions fully guided and commentated by local naturalist guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Rotorua hotels
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Lady Knox Geyser

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup by minivan in Rotorua, then travels south through farmland and forests on a 20-minute drive to Wai-O-Tapu, the North Island’s geothermal wonderland. 

Step out to experience New Zealand’s most extensive volcanic marvel as you follow a clearly defined footpath that skirts a series of colorful hot springs, such as the Champagne Pool and the Mud Pool — a remnant of a mud volcano. Watch the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser while your guide informs your small group about the Mt Tarawera eruption, responsible for creating the spectacular thermal park.

Then depart for a short drive to the Waimangu volcanic valley. Your vehicle stops at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), two picturesque spots in the Bay of Plenty region. Visit the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, the site of a missionary-established Maori village that was destroyed in the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. 

Finish with a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout for photo ops before your full-day tour ends with transport back to your Rotorua hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ron G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We only had 6 people on our tour and it was amazing. Linda was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area, and we thoroughly enjoyed her commentary. In the morning we focused on the geo thermal environment and in the afternoon the Maori culture. We would strongly recommend our guide.

Lolly United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour is a photographers dream, there is many subjects to choose from and the well placed paths ensure one has many great angles from which to capture their photo. There is a bit of down/up hill terrain to be aware of which one of moderate physical levels can easily manage. The living Maori Village is very interesting and nice to see as it demonstrates co-existence of traditional and modern living.

Kristina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Had not heard of Rotorua before researching for our trip. All I can say is everyone needs to go. The scenery is surreal with little thermal vents everywhere. The morning portion of this tour was really mind blowing with the scenery. The afternoon portion was nice, just not as spectacular as the morning. Rotorua is a must see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Huru was my guide for the full-day tour and he knew lots of things. He explained things passionately, especially about Maori culture. We first started with Wai-O-Tapu then to see Lady Knox Geyser. In the afternoon, he brought us to Te Puia where the carving and weaving skills were showcased. We also get a brief visit to see Kiwi bird in artificial nocturnal setting. Towards the end, we drove through the Blue Lake and Green Lake. Overall it was a day well spent!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide, Huru, was fantastic and we had a great day discovering so many amazing places!

Sandy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really enjoyed this tour. Comfortable coach, the guide is very informative and funny. This tour roughly runs from 8:15-5:00 door to door time. There are quite a few walking tours, so it is better to wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and sunscreen. We went in summer, but the weather was quite up and down, it really depends on how everyone feels, but I'd recommend to bring a jacket. Just to add-on to the website's itinerary: After lunch we drove pass the Museum for some photos. We also head to the Whakarewarewa Village as our last stop.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great day. Trent was the best host. Amazing knowledge. We fitted in so much. We were lucky to be the only two people on the trip that day.

Elsa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Done this tour 20 years ago. Still the best. Great guide

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent trip with a knowledgable guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Two different guides during the day. Both good. Friendly and knowledgeable. Good day despite the horrific wearher

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