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The Tarawera and Lakes tour is the best way to experience the Rotorua lakes district and learn about the history of the land and the people that shaped our area into what it is today. This fully guided tour takes place on land and water in one of New Zealand’s only genuine WW2 amphibious vehicles.

This 2-hour tour takes you on a breath taking adventure first taking you though the central city before heading straight out to Lake Okareka for your first ‘Splashdown’ nestled in the heart of a vibrant little community.

You’ll then head through a magical, untouched scenic reserve before arriving at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) which is Rotorua’s most recreational lake. You’ll see untouched beauty at this magical little local gem.

From Lake Tikitapu it’s off to the main event, Lake Tarawera right at the base of the mighty Mt Tarawera volcano which erupted in 1886 changing our history forever. You’ll learn in depth about this devastating eruption and the effects it had on our land and our people.

Unique vehicle, unique destination, unique history – There’s no better formula for an unforgettable experience!
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Rotorua Duck Tours
Lake Okareka Walkway
You haven’t seen Rotorua until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Jump on one of New Zealand’s only World War two landing crafts for an experience like no other. On top of being unique this tour is a great way to get an introduction to Rotorua or even further your knowledge. Even locals leave with new and fascinating information!
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great way to see the lakes !

Thank you Shelley for a great afternoon on saturday. You are friendly, good sense of humor & know your stuff on the local area.Oh & the duckboat was great fun !

Thank I6912SXwayneb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great way to see the lakes!!

Our group took up the whole Duckboat and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing 3 stunning Rotorua lakes both from the road and on the water - brilliant!! We had Nick who was fantastic, very funny and informative. All in all an awesome afternoons entertainment, thoroughly recommend...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent informative trip with Nick

This was a great trip which I would highly recommend for visitors to Rotorua, you get a more in-depth knowledge and history lesson of the area from the local guide. I had Nick who was very co ordinated with his knowledge, you could tell he...More

Thank D6916VPaarong
DuckRotorua, General Manager at Rotorua Duck Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

He's not that old!!! Well that's what he would say anyway. Thanks for the kind words are we are glad you enjoyed your tour. Glad that you got good weather but try us on a rainy day as well and you'll be amazed how things...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
A fun, factual and friendly tour.

Thank you Nick for a lovely afternoon tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the factual information along with corny jokes and kiwi banter. We got some great photos of the magical lakes.

Thank cassyw38
DuckRotorua, General Manager at Rotorua Duck Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Cassy, we are glad you enjoyed your tour. Nick really is a true kiwi and you are right the lakes really are magical. Thanks again!!

Reviewed 16 August 2018
A Great Ducking Time!

I took two of my grandchildren aged 8 and 10 years on this tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The driver was both informative and humorous and encouraged audience participation. The scenery was beautiful. The children enjoyed driving in and out of the lakes...More

Thank JulieA3766
DuckRotorua, General Manager at Rotorua Duck Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Thanks Julie we are glad you and the grandchildren had a good time and it looks like you had an awesome day out on the water too!

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