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Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours

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Address: Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8080
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We have different elements to our business.

We offer a straight drop off and...

We have different elements to our business.

We offer a straight drop off and pick up service to and from Hot Water Beach, for walkers,walking the Tarawera Trail or for campers,camping at Hot Water Beach Lake Tarawera.

We offer ecotours that include 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 unspoiled forest. Other tours take you to the Tarawera Falls, one of New Zealand's outstanding short walks or other popular walking tracks. All tours include a commentary on the amazing local Maori cultural, and volcanic history. We have an all weather boat.

Our newest venture is Glamping (glamorous camping).This is not new to New Zealand but there are few places like Lake Tarawera to experience the full spectrum of what this experience has to offer. A native bush setting, direct views to Mt Tarawera, whare style shelters and not 50 metres away from your tent, the crystal clear lake to swim and play. Of course there is the geothermal at the lake edge for soaking or trying your hand at cooking in the sand. (We have just produced a cook book to show you how). And there are no sulphur smells to worry about.

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Relaxing and informative

The gentleman who skippered for us was so knowledgable on the area! Definitely a full bottle and the water was so relaxing! The hot water beach was a very interesting experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Narrogin, Australia
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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The boat was on time and a great way to get out to Hot Water Beach. Be careful to find the side track back to the Landing off the main track as its not marked and we missed it then had to double back.

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Narrogin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gentleman who skippered for us was so knowledgable on the area! Definitely a full bottle and the water was so relaxing! The hot water beach was a very interesting experience.

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

Kia ora Amy G Thank you for taking the time to review us and giving us five stars. I most kindly think of your description of me as a "gentleman" and "very knowledgeable on the area", some would say that I have lived here so long and I have been doing this so long that I am akin to "Old... More 

Te Awamutu, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent tour. Informative and very enjoyable we will definitely be coming back with the kids. Thanks for the fun

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

Kia ora gailb403, Thanks for the recommendation. I am glad to hear you refer to our tour as "excellent, informative and very enjoyable" We really look forward to seeing you back here with the "kids". Kind regards, Captain Dave More 

Oakland, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely time touring Lake Tarawera, a very historic area, with Dave last December. He is very knowledgable about the area-he and Karen are involved in the conservation and preservation of this special place. This makes the tour more enjoyable because they care so much about the land and are not just doing this for a business. We... More 

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

Kia ora Pete and Terry, Ha, I know I am good but I am hardly the best...or am I? Thank you for your review. You are right because Karen and I love this area so much we get a lot and give a lot more than can be achieved by running this just as a business. We have chosen to... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a stunning bush walk you arrive at the beautiful Lake Tarawera where you can rest in the hot/warm waters of the lake. Its a bit of a shame there was a large campsite there as well full of boaties drinking, driving their boats at high speed with screaming kids on banana boats in tow. You have to be a... More 

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

Kia ora D.W Thank you for taking the time to review us. It is indeed a "stunning bush walk" and as you say Lake Tarawera is beautiful. The Hot Water Beach Campsite has always been the domain of the boaties as prior to the opening of the Tarawera Trail, this was the only way to reach Hot Water Beach. We... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lake Tarawera service was very friendly and easy to use and that staff gave great advice and information on the town and the area.

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

Kia ora Michelle, I am very pleased to hear that you found our service very friendly and easy to use. Our staff do have a wealth of knowledge about the town and the area and are always happy to advise and share that knowledge. Hope you have had an interesting time in New Zealand and all the best for 2016... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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92 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did to Eco Tour with my elderly parents yesterday. What a neat way to spend a day. The taxi was right on time and everything went as planned. The boat ride across the lake was interesting as local history was shared with us. Access on and off the boat was easy, even for a pair of 80 year olds.... More 

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

Kia ora HinemoaHoney, Thank you for taking the time to give us such a glowing review of our Eco Tour. It is one of my personal favourites. I thoroughly enjoy getting the opportunity to interact with the visitors on this tour which is something I necessarily do not get the opportunity to do on the straight drop off and pick... More 

Papamoa, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was fabulous, skipper was great. Thanks so much for everything, was great to get a ride back after our 15km hike.

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

Kia ora ki_silby, That's what I like to hear, our "service was fabulous". Thank you for choosing to walk the Tarawera Trail and we are glad we were there to give you a ride back. Beats having to walk another 15km home. Kind regards, Captain Dave More 

Kawerau
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly, comfortable, punctual, beautiful scenery and a welcome relaxing trip back to the landing after a 4 hour walk and dip at hot water beach. Awesome day out.

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

Kia ora guy969, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. I am really pleased you consider walking the Tarawera Trail an "awesome day out". After all that walking effort I would like to think that you would find us nothing short of, "friendly, comfortable and punctual." Glad we could have been of service. Kind... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly and professional water taxi service to take us back to the Landing from Hot Water Beach after we complete Lake Tarawera Trail in 5 hours. Weather was fine and we enjoyed very much of the package. I think it is suitable for baby boomer retiree if you are a regular walker.

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

Kia ora I-Tang H, Thank you for your review. It certainly has delighted us over the two years that the trail has been open to see all sorts of ages on the Trail. I think the youngest has been a baby carried in a backpack and I think the oldest has been close to 90 years old. As you say... More 

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