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.