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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

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  • Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3647AM_HD
Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along well-groomed trails that skirt volcanic craters and natural hot pools in a surreal range of vibrant colors. Witness the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and take in the highlights of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Small-group tour limited to a maximum of 12 people allows for a more customized experience with your expert guide.


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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
After morning pickup from your Rotorua hotel, travel about 25 minutes in a comfortable minivan to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, taking in the sight of farmland and forests as you drive.

Upon arrival at Wai-O-Tapu, your experienced guide leads you along well-marked paths to reach a series of brilliantly colored natural pools of steaming hot water that bubble with geothermal activity. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and watch the daily eruption that shoots a fountain of water high into the air.

Your guide explains how the Tarawera Volcano eruption in 1866 formed the park's natural hot springs that glow in bright yellow, orange and turquoise colors. Your guide also points out examples of how the native bush regenerated after the eruption. As you take in bubbling mud pools, steaming lakes and more, you’ll understand why Wai-O-Tapu is considered one of the world’s most surreal places.

Expect a leisurely walk along wide trails with plenty of time for photo ops and informative commentary from your guide. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have as you admire the otherworldly beauty of Wai-O-Tapu.

See even more geothermal spots during a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your guide explains the ways that local Maori people have used the sites as well as how New Zealand’s volcanic processes work.

At the end of your 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your Rotorau hotel.

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Tour departs from all central city Rotorua hotels
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Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

4 hours (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point at approximately 12.30pm

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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu.

  • Small-group tour
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: d86rod, June 2015

Rotoura is an amazing area. The geothermal areas are beautiful. Our tour guide Trent was awesome. His knowledge of the area and history of New Zealand and Maori culture is 2nd to none.

Reviewed by: Mary Ann W, June 2015

This tour was excellent. A great deal of credit goes to Trent, the driver/tour guide, who provided great information and background on this amazing part of the world. I recommend it to anyone. Not too strenuous, and gets one out into the thermal areas and parks.

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Tour code: 3647AM_HD