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Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours

The Landing Tarawera Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8080
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Ranked #10 of 54 Activities in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We took our family on the hot water beach round trip (my parents, brother and young kids). It was really one of the highlights of our trip back to NZ. Great commentary from David, great swim and fantastic scenery.

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

Good morning, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. I am pleased to hear you consider our experience one of your New Zealand trip highlights. I consider myself especially privileged to have such a scenic wonderland in my back yard. Kia ora, Captain Dave. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We booked the water taxi to collect us from Hot Water Beach after our 4 1/2 hr energetic hike to the beach. David was right on time and in the half hour trip back to The Landing he discussed the history of the area and plans for extending the track around to the Tarawera Falls track in the future. He... More

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

Hello, Thank you for your review. Considering you had just spent 4 1/2 hours walking our Tarawera Trail, the least I could do was be on time so you could sit in the relative comfort of the Water Taxi. Hopefully you are inspired to come back and experience the trail again, once it is completed to the next stage. I... More

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip with David on Lake Tarawera. We were the only passengers on the boat and David made us feel extremely welcome. David is clearly very passionate about the work that he and his wife do in the area, and as New Zealander's we are so very grateful that people do step up to... More

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

Hello Megan, Thank you for your five star review. You are quite correct my wife and I are extremely passionate about this area and as such thoroughly enjoy sharing it with others. Although I can not take credit personally for the stunning scenery on offer here I am committed to offering user friendly transport and engaging historical commentary, I am... More

Ao Nang, Thailand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

David "rescued" my friend and I from having to hike the Terawera Trail back in the dark. My friend had a harder go of the trail than anticipated. We met some fellow hikers along the way (the only ones, I might add) who planned to take the water taxi back and said that they would see if the driver would... More

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

Hello Jeanie, I appreciate your recommendation. I could say something profound in reply, like, obviously you are a good person and the Gods were looking after you that day but I will credit your ride back to simply that we were booked to pick up others off the Trail and were there in any case. I was hardly going to... More

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Recommend this service to take you to Hot Water Beach .. Then walk 4 to 5 hours back to The Landing ... That way you leave your car at the place where the water taxi picks you up .. There is a track from the main trail back to The Landing... Not signposted but easy enough to find...

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

Hello again, Thank you for your review. We had hoped once the Trail opened and more people became aware of it that we would be able to provide a shuttle service. This could of picked you up at the Trail Car Park and brought you to The Landing, however demand versus cost meant it just was not viable. Our walkers... More

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We really enjoyed our afternoon with David and wish to thank him for being such an informative and engaging guide. The more we travel, the more we appreciate the authentic stories and life experiences of people in the places we visit. The best travel experiences involve local people interpreting the significance of what you are seeing. David exemplified this approach... More

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

Kia ora David, I am glad to hear you enjoyed our afternoon together. In becoming a seasoned traveler, it is pleasing to see to you recognise the authentic experience we try to provide. There are no gimmicks in our promotion and considering my family's long connection to this area it is extremely easy for me to be passionate about our... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We had an awesome time at the lake hosted by David and Wayne. They took us around to all the nice places at the lake and have been very helpful to a large group of kids and elderly. We would definitely do the trip again!

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

Hello again, We are glad you had an awesome time with us. Looking after your family was a delight for us as family is what our business is all about. Our family links to this area go back over 128 years. We look forward to having you back, hopefully next time the Tarawera Trail will not be so drenched with... More

Tauranga
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I recently walked the Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach Stayed the night Got Picked up the following day by Dave Found Dave & Kathy very helpfull many thanks hope to visit again

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

Hello again, Thank you for your kind review. We always try to be helpful and impart knowledge from a personal point of view. Kathy was very pleased to complete the Trail herself so she could promote first hand what the Trail was all about. We hope you had a comfortable night at Hot Water Beach campsite and of course we... More

Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

An experience to remember and one to share with others and I already have. Scenery was magnificent and the hospitality provided by Dave and Karen was outstanding. Dave was very informative about the history of the area on our boat ride out and has a good sense of humour to boot. Hot water beach and hot spring were magical.Thanks for... More

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

Hello Jan, You were certainly most welcome to experience our hospitality, with Karen well versed in Maori Manaakitanga (hospitality) thanks to her Maori heritage and with me being married to her as long as I have it seems a natural part of our lives. We appreciate that you had a fabulous time and more so that you are willing to... More

Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A fantastic morning on the lake, amazing scenery and the magical hot spring just topped it off. Exceptional hosts in Dave and Karen who warmed us up on a rainy day with a coffee (above and beyond ). Will do the trip again next time we're in NZ.

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

Good morning Kerry, Karen and I were delighted to have you join us for a coffee, after all our wonderful slice of paradise does not show it's best side in the pouring rain but I knew with a bit of patience the weather was going to clear sufficiently to take you out on your tour. We will be happy to... More

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