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Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours

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Address: Tarawera Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8080
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Description: Our ecotour at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua includes Hot Water Beach and the...
Our ecotour at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua includes 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 unspoilt forest. Other tours take you to the Tarawera Falls, one of NZ's outstanding short walks or other popular walking tracks. All tours include commentary on the amazing local maori cultural, and volcanic history. All weather boat. We have regular summer summer services to Hot Water Beach Campsite.
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Great adventure for all ages

This is a must do! We had a group of 5 people of various ages. Everyone enjoyed it. Great guides, beautiful scenery, history, hot water beach, thermal ponds in such a peaceful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a must do! We had a group of 5 people of various ages. Everyone enjoyed it. Great guides, beautiful scenery, history, hot water beach, thermal ponds in such a peaceful and beautiful place. This was the highlight of our trip to Rotorua area. Highly recommended

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Good morning poiboiz, Thank you for your top recommendation of our tour by describing it as the highlight of your trip to the Rotorua area. I am glad everyone in your group found it interesting, as you say there were various ages to cater for. We are very privileged to be able to live and work in an area that... More 

Rotorua District, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I loved the way we arrived at Lake Tarawera and found we could get the water Taxi across to the warm springs on the other side. Our Canadian friend were so amazed we just told the driver what time to call back for us so we could just soak in the warm water while the boys went tramping.

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Gill768, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I hope the boys enjoyed their tramp on the Tarawera Trail, while you relaxed and enjoyed the geothermal soak. We hope to see you out our way again. Kind regards, Captain Dave. More 

Diss, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were fortunate to have David's undivided attention on this particular trip but I'm sure he would provide a fantastic service for any number of people. Very knowledgeable about the history and wildlife of the area and very easy to talk to about any topic. The hot beach and pools were an experience not to be missed.

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Hello Godfrey B, Thank you for taking the time to write a five star review for our ecotour. I would like to think as you do that I would give undivided attention to all my guests on board and having the smaller taxi makes that possible. When I have lived and worked in this area for as long as I... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Thank you Captain Dave for an amazing trip and sharing some of your family's heritage and the hidden treasures of the lake. You were very professional and hospitable, and very entertaining for the children on board! It was the first time our boys had been on a boat and they loved it! We had no issues with any aspect of... More 

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Pipa_008 Thank you for your five star review. I am so glad that the boys loved the trip and to think it was their maiden voyage on a boat. Possibly future Skippers in the making. Lake Tarawera is indeed a very beautiful spot and I thoroughly enjoy being able to share such a treasure with guests such as... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Fast fun trip once you get your tickets! You have to go a kilometre up the hill to get tickets and then they go online and you book them there. Best advice would be to do this before you go. Fun driver and nice staff

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Hello again Shereeann, Thanks for your review. I promise even though you found the trip fast, there were no speed limits broken on your Taxi trip. For all of us here at the Water Taxi and Ecotours it is all about having a bit of fun while providing you with excellence service. So as to your point about our booking... More 

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Easy to follow on line booking. Water taxi turned up on time, staff were friendly and efficient . I would highly recommend them.

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Hello again Fiona M, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. Your comments about the efficiencies of our on-line booking system are appreciated and I am pleased you found us all very friendly and efficient. Kind regards, Captain Dave More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

we booked on line to go over to Hot Water Beach. Very straight forward instructions and it was all organised within minutes. We were doing the walk back to the landing after being dropped off at hot water beach. A good trip across and after waiting for someone to shift their boat we were able to land, I would recommend... More 

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Good morning Steve302, Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. I appreciate that you found our on-line booking system quick and easy to use. Hopefully you enjoyed your walk along the Tarawera Trail back to The Landing enjoyable and we will see you back before too long to perhaps tackle it again from the other direction.... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I booked a tour for a group of visitors, but couldn't join them on the day. They enjoyed the tour however reported the water at hot water beach to be very hot indeed! The office staff who I dealt with were very helpful and quick to respond to emails, and when there was a mix up with the payments they... More 

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Good morning ott-shall, Thank you for taking the time to write a glowing review for our office staff. I am pleased that you found their responses to you were done in a timely and helpful manner. It was a shame you were unable to join your guests on our ecotour, being able to soak in the bush geothermal hot pool... More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We did the walk to the falls followed by the hot water pool and beach. Lake Tarawera is a lovely quiet place to spend time and the trip enabled us to see parts of the lake we wouldn't have seen otherwise, with lots of local information. Just thought it was a little expensive.

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Good morning AJD, Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. I am glad you felt Tarawera was a lovely quiet place to visit. The walk to the Tarawera Falls has to be one of the best short walks New Zealand has on offer. Due to the location of the Tarawera Outlet, the starting point for this... More 

Kettering, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

An enjoyable and informative trip on the lake featuring a natural hot pool and a hot water beach. Can be done in conjunction with a bush walk. A car park with a cafe and toilet facilities at the landing.

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watertaxiRotorua, Owner at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora lankrishna, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on our ecotour. I am glad you found the trip informative and enjoyable. Regards, Captain Dave More 

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