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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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Extra Special Service, Great Day Hike

We were traveling in New Zealand without a car and making our own travel arrangements. We had heard about the Lake Tarawera Trail to the hot water beach and the water taxi and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
LChancho
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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We were traveling in New Zealand without a car and making our own travel arrangements. We had heard about the Lake Tarawera Trail to the hot water beach and the water taxi and booked our reservations on the water taxi. Since we did not have a car, I emailed Captain Dave to get help finding transportation from our hotel in... More 

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

Kia ora LChancho, Thank you for such a positive review, considering the depth of tourist activity here in Rotorua to be referred by you as, "far the best activity we did in our three days" is high praise indeed. I am pleased everything worked out transport wise, 15 kms walking the Trail would be enough for many without adding the... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We pre booked the taxi to collect us from Hot Water Beach after we had completed the 4.5 hour Tarawera Trail. This was a pleasant journey back to the Landing. The walk was challenging and oh so rewarding . Beautiful scenery and great to soak the feet in a hot pool at the end .

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

Kia ora Lee140 Thank you for taking the time for writing such a positive review. You made reasonable time to complete the Tarawera Trail in 4 1/2 hours because as you say it is challenging, but oh so rewarding. We are looking forward to seeing you out here when stage two of the Trail is completed. Kind regards, Captain Dave More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A group of 5 adults booked the water taxi from Hot Water Beach back to The Landing, after doing the 4.5 hour tramp along Lake Tarawera. Our tramp ended at Hot Water beach, an awesome place to end! The water taxi was on time and very friendly.

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

Kia ora Richard R, I am so glad that you and your four friends walked the Tarawera Trail. 41/2 hours is not a bad time either, I hope you and your friends took time to take some fabulous photographs along the way because as you would have seen there are some awesome advantageous points along the Trail for photography. Hopefully... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

So considerate, helpful, beautiful people and place. The water taxi driver was enthusiastic and helpful - it was obvious he loved his job.

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

Kia ora Mata H, Thank you for your kind review. I am pleased that you enjoyed Tarawera, it is a beautiful place and that alone makes it very easy for us to offer considerate, enthusiastic and helpful service. As you say "obvious he loved his job", indeed I do even so much so I would not call it a job,... More 

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

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

new zealand
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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
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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 

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