Rotorua small group full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia

The tour departs daily between 8:00-8:30 am. from your accommodation and drives you through forestry and farmland to New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool. Your guide shows you a series of colorful hot springs and volcanic features at Wai-O-Tapu. Then see the Lady Knox geyser eruption at 10:15 am.

Next a short drive to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley where your guide explains the Mt. Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular, bush-covered, geothermal park.

Spend the afternoon experiencing Rotorua’s Maori culture and geothermal activity and see how they are intricately entwined. First, a guided tour through Te Puia, Rotorua’s premier cultural attraction. This includes a visit to the wood carving school, art and craft gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display, kiwi house and finally the Pohutu geyser.

Next, we visit the Lakefront area to see the Maori War Canoe and learn more about Maori history and customs.

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry/Admission - Lady Knox Geyser
    • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Rainbow Springs Nature Park
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    What's excluded :
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

    Journey to Wai O Tapu, one of the world's most surreal destinations. You will spend approximately 45-60min in the park before departing to the Lady Knox geyser.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lady Knox Geyser, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

    Our journey will guide you to the Lady Knox geyser who only erupts once a day at 10.15 am. Come along and found out the story behind her punctuality.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, 587 Waimangu Road Off State Highway 5, Rotorua 3043 New Zealand

    We journey to the Jurassic Waimangu valley, the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world.

    Here we will witness first hand the power and beauty of mother nature and the aftermath of the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera.

    We spend approximately 90min here, including a 30min lunch break at the scenic Waimangu cafe.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Rainbow Springs Nature Park, 192 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand

    After our lunch break at Waimangu, we commence the afternoon program beginning with Rainbow Springs.

    Situated amongst flourishing native forest and natural springs, we journey to see and learn all about New Zealand’s wonderful wildlife, our ecological history, and our cultural stories.

    We are home to many native animal species including birds, reptiles and aquatic life, and offer you the opportunity to meet these stunning creatures face-to-face!

    Rainbow Springs is also home to the National Kiwi Hatchery, the most successful Kiwi hatchery in the world - we will guide you to see real kiwi conservation in action, support our effort to save kiwi, and, if you are lucky, witness a kiwi chick hatch or get a health check!

    Play and discovery are around every corner, from Taonga Treasures of New Zealand experience to interactive Playscapes and the exciting Big Splash water ride - here is for a fun day out for the whole family!

    We will spend Approximately 60min here at Rainbow Springs.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

    Finally, journey with our local guide to Te Puia and learn more about Maori culture.

    Te Puia is New Zealand's Maori arts and crafts institute. Here we will introduce you to the process of Maori carving, weaving, and casting.

    At the heart of Te Puia lives New Zealand's largest geyser, Pohutu. Unlike Lady Knox in the morning program, Pohutu can erupt up to 20 times a day, approximately every 90min and reaching heights of 100ft (35 meters)

    Te Puia is also home to 3 kiwis who have been breed and raised in conservation.

    Hopefully, at the conclusion of the day you will see not 1 but 2 geysers as well as enough kiwi birds to quench your Kiwi needs.

    We stay here from approximately 60-90min

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all Rotorua accommodations within the city limits at the following timesBlack Swan 8.05 amPeppers on the Point 8.05 amKoura Lodge 8.05 am Cosy Cottage 8.05 amBella Vista 8.05 amTop 10 holiday park 8.10 amNovotel 8.10 amRegent 8.10 am Ibis 8.10 am Aura Accommodation 8.10 amAccolades 8.10 amPrinces Gate 8.15 amMuseum 8.15 amYHA treks 8.15 am Base 8.15 am Quest 8.15 amMillennium 8.20 amSudima 8.20 amRotorua central backpackers 8.20 amRydges 8.25 am four canoes 8.25 amSilver Fern 8.25 amRegal Palms 8.25 am Devonwood 8.25 amSport of Kings 8.25 amEmerald Spa 8.25 amHoliday Inn 8.30 amThermal Holiday park 8.30 am
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Medium level of fitness required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours

Activity ID: V-3647P6

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