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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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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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Gave us good advice about walking the Tarawera trail. Water taxi easy to book, on time etc. Great service

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5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Gave us good advice about walking the Tarawera trail. Water taxi easy to book, on time etc. Great service

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

Hello Lauren H, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I am pleased to hear that we offer great service and good advice. We are grateful that in visiting Rotorua, you took the time and energy to visit us here. Hopefully you found the Tarawera Trail worth doing. Many people talk of the superb views and flora, so... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It was a great walk to the hot water beach. May take you up to 4.5 hr to get there or faster. Easier to book the water taxi online. Water taxi was definitely on time and the last trip is at 330pm. ☺️

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

Good morning Kratz J, Well reading your review it sounds as though you enjoyed your walk along the Tarawera Trail. There are certainly some differing times when it comes to the completion of the Trail. Our office lady, still remembers her 5 1/2 trek quite fondly completed just over a year ago. I would agree that our on-line bookings are... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Been on this tour twice now with different friends each time - always so accommodating and super friendly. Highly recommend this tour and great if you need a pick up after doing the Tarawera Trail as well.

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

Good morning Angela V. Well we must be doing something right as repeat business is the best kind of business and with that alone, high praise indeed. I am personally very proud of our ecotour and comments such as yours just confirm it is something we do really well. It is so easy for us to be "super-friendly and accommodating",... More 

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Team and Lake Tarawera Water & Taxi saved our day. They went out of their way to send an additional taxi to us on Hot Water beach even though their regular taxi was out of service that week !! thank you again

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

Good morning cerdmg1, Anyone would think we rode in upon a white horse, "Saved The Day", is very high praise indeed. We at Lake Tarawera Water Taxi like to think we provide excellent service and evidently in your case we did. Sometimes things do happen out of our control but as long as you have left us contact details we... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

After walking the beautiful Tarawera Trail it was great to have a water taxi to meet us to get back to base. The boat pilot was friendly and helpful.

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

Good morning suewZ3570TC, I am glad you found the Skipper friendly and helpful because after putting in all that effort in walking the Tarawera Trail it would be disappointing to not have someone friendly and helpful to meet you at the end. Obviously your day went well and you never know we will possibly see you again as the Trail... More 

Ohope, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We walked from the car park at the start of the trail all the way to the hot water beach where we lazed in the natural hot spring for an hour. The trail is beautiful, the flora stunning, the views on the lake and the Tarawera volcano unique! A day to remember! To top it, we had a pleasant fast... More 

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

Good morning Brigitte M, It does sound as you had a fabulous time on the Tarawera Trail. By starting at the main carpark I hope you did not have any difficulty in returning to your car once we returned you to The Landing at Tarawera. I believe it is an extra half and hour to three quarters of an hour... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Took a 2 hour excursion from The Landing to Hot water beach at Lake Tarawera with Dave from Eco Tours. Great experience with Dave giving us a superb commentary on Mt Tarawera's eruption and the effects on the area. Then onto the hidden pool where we (2 couples) sidled into a magic hot pool and shared a bottle of champagne... More 

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

Good morning Richard L, Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review. I firmly believe that Lake Tarawera is such a magical place and it was our privilege to have you join us on your wedding anniversary. We would love to have you back in our neck of the woods one day. Maybe a trip out... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Early morning we took the water taxi to the hot water beach. Booking essential for the taxi. Took a swim and walked back to car park. this walk goes through forest along the lake showing wide variety of native plants and lookouts. The trip is about 6 hours but worth doing.

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

Good morning pluisthecat, I am pleased to hear you found the Tarawera Trail "worth doing". The times of completion do range and at your six hours it is evident that you did take the time to obviously start off with a soak in the Hot Pools before heading off and exploring. I hope you got some amazing photographs from those... More 

Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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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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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