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Totally Tarawera

Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8080
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Getting around Lake Tarawera the easy way

We enjoyed our water taxi ride to the by-boat-only Natural Bush Hot Pool. When we arrived, the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janice B
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Awesome Camping at Hot Water Beach

We kayak'd into Hot Water Beach and camped three nights, it is a really great campsite, remote but... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
RTL-Kiwi
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Wellington
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We have different elements to our business. We offer a straight drop off and pick up service to and from Hot Water Beach, for walkers,walking the Tarawera Trail or for campers,camping at Hot Water Beach Lake Tarawera. We offer Cultural and Geothermal tours that include Hot Water Beach and the Natural Bush Hot Pool. You will experience its unique geothermal wonders and relax in crystal clear warm water, under a canopy of unspoiled forest. Other tours take you to the Tarawera Falls, one of New Zealand's outstanding short walks or other popular walking tracks. All tours include a commentary on the amazing local Maori cultural, and volcanic history. We have an all weather boat. Our newest venture is Glamping (glamorous camping).This is not new to New Zealand but there are few places like Lake Tarawera to experience the full spectrum of what this experience has to offer. A native bush setting, direct views to Mt Tarawera, whare style shelters and not 50 metres away from your tent, the crystal clear lake to swim and play. Of course there is the geothermal at the lake edge for soaking or trying your hand at cooking in the sand. (We have just produced a cook book to show you how). And there are no sulphur smells to worry about.
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Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our water taxi ride to the by-boat-only Natural Bush Hot Pool. When we arrived, the place was mobbed, and our Captain David suggested we find another place, but by the time we donned our swimsuits and got ready, we had the whole place...More

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We kayak'd into Hot Water Beach and camped three nights, it is a really great campsite, remote but well serviced with quality long drops. Camp sites are all level and well looked after. Fantastic view of Mt Tarawera plus hot water to soak in at...More

Thank RTL-Kiwi
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Wayne was a fantastic host, telling us a lot about the local area and history, and also the Tarawera eruption which was fascinating. We took the water taxi to a natural hot water spring, which was so relaxing, and visited the Hot Water Beach too....More

Thank Joy B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Excellent service and really helpful in getting my son and I to and from the campsite on Lake Tarawera. Your company went out of there way to help us and i really appreciate the friendly service. Thanks

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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We went over on the boat to hot water beach. Absolutely awesome service with Dave!!!! Really made our day awesome and gave us a superb experience of hot water beach. Highly reccomend!!!!! ☺

Thank ashdenroseh
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

It started off with a speedboat ride, along with a special talk, telling us about the history of lake tarawera. We eventually arrived at a natural hot pool, with a lovely pebbly bottom, and warm water flowing down from the rocks. After about 20 minutes...More

Thank Splutchy M
watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Kia ora Splutchy M, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. It sounds as though you enjoyed our Cultural and Geothermal Lake Discovery Tour, after all you say, "it was a great tour with lovely scenery and it was...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

Definitely book with these people if you need transport across the lake. Tarawera Trail was closed when we wanted to do the walk. Totally Tarawera suggested another walk, provided drop off and pick up. Great Service, on time, friendly helpful people.More

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Thank fdgroberts
watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Kia ora fdgroberts, Thank you for your five star review and the fact that you unreservedly recommend us for transport across the Lake. We are saddened by the fact the Trail is closed, it is indeed a hike well worth doing but we do have...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

We had a few families all together staying at the DOC campsite over ANZAC weekend. Had the best time - such a beautiful and special part of NZ. David and Karen were so flexible and helpful with the water taxi side of things - awesome...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Kia ora W9785CTsonia, We are really pleased to hear you, your families and friends had the "best time" at the DOC Campsite at Hot Water Beach Tarawera. Karen and I were only happy to help out were we could. It is undoubtedly a beautiful and...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017

We were part of a big crowd with lots of gear and different requirements for pick ups and drop offs to hot water beach campsite, but nothing was too much trouble for these guys. Fabulous local knowledge and friendly service which extended to giving the...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Kia ora McRobbs, Thank you for taking the time to give us such a glowing review. As far as giving the kids a turn steering the boat, yes it is true but as you say it was closely supervised, in fact a better description would...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Dave was super helpful with the huge amount of gear we and our friends transported via water taxi to Hot Water Beach for a weekend camping. He was friendly and reliable and I loved the personal connection he had to the lake. A wonderful guide...More

Thank JoteePark
watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Kia ora JoteePark, Thank you for your 5 star review. It was a bit of a mission to get all of your gear and friends over to Hot Water for your weekend of camping but that is all part of our friendly service. Hot Water...More

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Paige D
14 July 2017|
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Response from trevor h | Reviewed this property |
I had my own car so just ask at rotorua information centre
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KiwiCanadian305
5 March 2017|
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Response from watertaxiTarawera | Property representative |
Hi KiwiCanadian305, As others have said, by rights you can but it depends on your level of fitness. We have had some that have completed both ways within 7 hours and we have had others that thought they could walk back out... More
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