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Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours

Address: The Landing Tarawera Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8080
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Ranked #11 of 66 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Our ecotour at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua includes Hot Water Beach and the Natural Bush Hot Pool. You...
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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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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 

Beckenham,KENT
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8 helpful votes 8 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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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 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Outstanding tour. Our family group (children ages 4 & 5, parents + grandparents) thoroughly enjoyed our half day the water taxi eco tour to a natural hot spring pool and to hot water beach on beautiful lake Tarawera. David, our wonderful and humorous guide, taught us a ton about the geology & history of the area, and how geothermal forces... More 

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

Kia ora Lovetoexploretheworld, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. I am so pleased that you found the tour informative and I hope that you felt all the ages in your family party were catered for. There are lovely spots along Lake Tarawera that are an absolute joy to take our visitors to and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Used the water taxi from the end of the Tarawera trail after a swim at hot water beach, awesome. The track is the start of a proposed great walk and is a nice 1/2 day walk in its own right. This is a new track and needs some weed management, but good things take time. The water taxi was a... More 

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

Kia ora LeoLionKing, Thank you for taking the time to share with us some feed back about the Tarawera Trail and our Water Taxi service that returns walkers back to The Landing. I would certainly agree with you the Tarawera Trail is a "great walk in the making" but as you say there are some challenges around weed management and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Excellent tour delivered with humour and knowledge in equal measure! The in-depth historical and geological information made the whole experience one of the most memorable of our many encounters in New Zealand and we would highly recommend anyone visiting this fascinating area to use the services of Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tour.

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

Good morning CS D, Firstly thank you for our five star review and to think you would rate this tour as one of the most memorable of your trip is high praise indeed. I am so happy to hear that you found the trip informative as well as humourous. Lake Tarawera is an area of New Zealand that has won... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We enjoyed a very special time on the Tarawera Falls and Hot Pool day trip and thoroughly recommend it. David is a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area and his wife Karen is an incredibly smart woman, sending a bottle of chilled wine for us to enjoy whilst soaking in the hot pool (oops! have I just... More 

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

Hello to you both, Thank you for taking the time to post a five star review about our Tarawera Falls and Natural Bush Hot Pool soak. History and genealogy are topics that I have always been fascinated by. So as such I am always happy to share that information with my visitors. Tarawera is where I consider my home and... More 

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