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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

  • 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
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (99)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great tour, great guide

The visited places were incredible, and our guide Kay told us a lot interesting info about nature, geology and some other matters (besides, she is charming).

Thank Antonio Luis M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fun and Interesting

I loved my Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group tour. Our guide, Kay, was great and provided a very special tour. Kay clearly knows her subject matter and loves her job. The natural area is stunning.

Thank Marykaypd
Reviewed 28 August 2018
Elite Adventures was truly elite!

My husband and I had an awesome tour with Kay. Informative and friendly, she was everything you would want in a guide of these amazing geothermal formations and activity. Thanks for a wonderful conclusion to our NZ vacation.

1  Thank PhillyAnglophiles
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Amazing Trip

A must do activity in Rotoroa. It is like discovering a new planet. Thanks to our friendly guide Linda, now we know more about geothermal activity in NZ.

Thank 903eddya
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile
Best tour in geo-thermal filled Rotorua!

I had the best time with Brian and Trent on our full morning tour learning about the amazing geothermal history and geology of Rotorua and area. Both were so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Learned a ton about the scientific background and the Maori culture and...More

Thank pasieks
brianwX6999OO, Front Office Manager at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hi Julia, Thank you for taking time out of your day to review your time with Elite Adventures. It was great to meet you, we love meeting people who are thirsty for knowledge like ourselves. Next time you visit Rotorua I recommend you try one...More

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