• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 114.50 View price calendar

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See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.


  • Half-day tour of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, from Rotorua
  • Drive a short distance from Rotorua to view New Zealand’s largest geothermal parks with an experienced guide
  • Walk through the colorful volcanic terrain of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the geology of the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley
  • Understand how native forest regenerated after the destruction of the 1866 Tarawera Volcano’s eruption
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides an intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Inferno Crater

Following hotel pickup in the morning, depart Rotorua by minivan for the 25-minute scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, considered New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Disembark here for a guided walk along wide and well-groomed trails that border volcanic craters, natural springs and bubbling mud pools in a vibrant range of yellow, orange and turquoise technicolor.

Listen to your guide describe the area’s geothermal activity since the 1866 eruption of the Tarawera Volcano, and see how the surrounding native bush has regenerated. Learn about the Lady Knox Geyser before you witness its fountain of water exploding into the air. 

Your leisurely stroll allows for plenty of time to ask questions and take photos as you marvel at the surreal beauty of Wai-O-Tapu. After, hop back into your vehicle for the short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and discover how New Zealand’s indigenous Maori made use of these geothermal hot spots.

Your 4-hour tour ends with the return to your Rotorau hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was very good for people who enjoy walking tours but your advertisement did not emphasis that it included a 50 minute walking tour on a sloped terrain. If I had known that I would not have registered as I have a heart condition and found the tour difficult.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Driver/tour guide, Linda, was very knowledgeable. This tour involved quite a bit of walking, both up and down hill, so reasonable level of fitness is required. We saw a geyser erupt and saw lots of geothermal pools of varying colours. Was very educational and definitely a highlight whilst in Rotorua!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very interesting and worth it

Tina Chu Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I love this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had experienced thermal phenomena before, but Rotorua is unique in size--it is very extensive, and it's got it all. Bubbling mud, steam vents, multi-colored mineral earth and a geyser. The geyser eruption if under human control. This is a great outdoor learning adventure for children and for anyone who doesn't realize what lies below terra firma.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was a great tour thanks to the wonderful guide Linda. This tour is highly recommend if you are interested in geysers and some walking.

Douglas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really enjoyable tour with a friendly and informative tour guide Linda.

Jaclyn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very informative and fun tour! I got Brian and Linda as our tour guide. Recommended if you want to know more about the history and know more about maori culture.

Jiaxi L China

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It's an awesome tour, I, myself have two tour guides with me, and we are all fans of GoT :-p
The Eco Thermal Parks are amazing, The are colorful and mysterious. I can learn lots of chemistry knowledge too :-

Natalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This was a great tour well worth the price. Trent is very personable and extremely knowledgeable. The tour itself is fascinating as we had never seen any kind of geothermal or volcano related stuff before. Cheers

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