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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

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    What to Expect
    Following hotel pickup in the morning, depart Rotorua by minivan for the 25-minute scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, considered New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Disembark here for a guided walk along wide and well-groomed trails that border volcanic craters, natural springs and bubbling mud pools in a vibrant range of yellow, orange and turquoise technicolor.

    Listen to your guide describe the area’s geothermal activity since the 1866 eruption of the Tarawera Volcano, and see how the surrounding native bush has regenerated. Learn about the Lady Knox Geyser before you witness its fountain of water exploding into the air. 

    Your leisurely stroll allows for plenty of time to ask questions and take photos as you marvel at the surreal beauty of Wai-O-Tapu. After, hop back into your vehicle for the short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and discover how New Zealand’s indigenous Maori made use of these geothermal hot spots.

    Your 4-hour tour ends with the return to your Rotorua hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickups are made between 8 am and 8.30am from the Rotorua CBD

    if your accommodation is not on the list but is in the CBD please contact us directly.
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 1.00pm
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry/Admission - Lady Knox Geyser
    • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I'm not much of a guided tour guy generally, but this seemed like the best way to see the geothermal and natural wonders in the Volcanic Zone while staying in Rotorua w/o a car. I may be a guided tour guy now. The sights are...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank DaveintheVillage
    Reviewed May 18, 2019

    With the exception of the so-called geyser eruption at Wai-o-tapu, this is a really enjoyable tour with a great guide. The geyser is stimulated into "erupting" by pouring a soap concoction down the hole and the result is a less than 60 second spout of...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank John B
    Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

    We took the tour on 14 May morning and visited Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox geyser, mud pools, and Waimangu volcanic valley. Our guide Brian did a great job in giving us a detailed and entertaining commentary throughout the tour. He described the geographical history...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank LqK13
    Reviewed April 13, 2019

    The half day tour was very nice. They picked us up at the hotel and there were only 6 people. The guide was knowledgeable and we converted many sights. I thought half day was just right. We had an afternoon flight to catch.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank 241jefff
    Reviewed March 23, 2019

    Linda is from Rotorua, so she had plenty of knowledge about the area and the features we saw. It was, indeed a small group (let's face it - some tours SAY they're small, but they're not). There's some walking involved, but it's mostly flat or...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank mistergeeky
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    November 14, 2018|
    Response from Judy T |
    Can you pick up and drop off at Prince's Gate Hotel. I need to arrive hotel at 13:00, it is because we need to meet another tour at Rotorua i-site
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    • Duration: 5h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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