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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

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Lady Knox Geyser, Rotorua

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 February 2017

This was a great, perfect tour. The park is so beautiful and the guide was so kind and informative.

Mary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great locations, very welcoming friendly guide, lots of info related to Maori customs and the Rotorua area. Excellent.

Jennifer L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The small group tour was amazing! Trent was personable and knowledgeable as our expert guide. We got our money's worth with this experience!

Glenn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent tour with a very friendly and knowable guide. His interaction with us and the other tour guides was brilliant and it was clear to see Robbie took time and patience to make sure we saw all we wanted and had time to enjoy and learn something about the area and its sights.

Jeffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was awesome! The guide was very knowledgeable of each location we visited. Some very cool crates and geo-thermal sights I've never seen in my life. Easy to communicate with, they picked us up from our hotel and dropped off same.. Thank you!

Mts G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing tour, well worth the time and money, excellent guide with so much local knowledge


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What an educational and interesting experience. My group and I really enjoyed walking around and exploring the different thermal sites, getting to know nature better. Our guide, Huru, was very friendly.

Anne-Marie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Kristen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour guide

Helen n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a fabulous trip, despite the pouring rain ! Our guide, Huru sp? was fantastic, and in fact we my friend and I stayed on for the afternoon trip. In the morning we visited Wai-O-Tapu thermal area and the Waimangu Volcanic valley, and in the afternoon we visited a Maori village, the blue lake, lake Tarawera and Te Puia where we saw a Kiwi!. The whole day was interesting, fascinating, informative and full. Although I had been to a couple of the places before, having such a knowledgeable guide, and being driven, made the experience that much better. Our guide is a full-blooded Maori and hearing about the culture as well as the places we visited was really absorbing. A great trip - both the morning and afternoon, and trips that I would certainly recommend.

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