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Totally Tarawera

Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8080
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Amazing tour

It started off with a speedboat ride, along with a special talk, telling us about the history of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Splutchy M
via mobile
Excellent Service

Definitely book with these people if you need transport across the lake. Tarawera Trail was closed... read more

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Reviewed May 5, 2017
fdgroberts
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Feilding, New Zealand
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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 Cultural and Geothermal tours 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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Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It started off with a speedboat ride, along with a special talk, telling us about the history of lake tarawera. We eventually arrived at a natural hot pool, with a lovely pebbly bottom, and warm water flowing down from the rocks. After about 20 minutes...More

Thank Splutchy M
watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Splutchy M, Thank you for taking the time to give us a five star review. It sounds as though you enjoyed our Cultural and Geothermal Lake Discovery Tour, after all you say, "it was a great tour with lovely scenery and it was...More

Reviewed May 5, 2017

Definitely book with these people if you need transport across the lake. Tarawera Trail was closed when we wanted to do the walk. Totally Tarawera suggested another walk, provided drop off and pick up. Great Service, on time, friendly helpful people.More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2017

Kia ora fdgroberts, Thank you for your five star review and the fact that you unreservedly recommend us for transport across the Lake. We are saddened by the fact the Trail is closed, it is indeed a hike well worth doing but we do have...More

Reviewed May 4, 2017

We had a few families all together staying at the DOC campsite over ANZAC weekend. Had the best time - such a beautiful and special part of NZ. David and Karen were so flexible and helpful with the water taxi side of things - awesome...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2017

Kia ora W9785CTsonia, We are really pleased to hear you, your families and friends had the "best time" at the DOC Campsite at Hot Water Beach Tarawera. Karen and I were only happy to help out were we could. It is undoubtedly a beautiful and...More

Reviewed April 29, 2017

We were part of a big crowd with lots of gear and different requirements for pick ups and drop offs to hot water beach campsite, but nothing was too much trouble for these guys. Fabulous local knowledge and friendly service which extended to giving the...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2017

Kia ora McRobbs, Thank you for taking the time to give us such a glowing review. As far as giving the kids a turn steering the boat, yes it is true but as you say it was closely supervised, in fact a better description would...More

Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Dave was super helpful with the huge amount of gear we and our friends transported via water taxi to Hot Water Beach for a weekend camping. He was friendly and reliable and I loved the personal connection he had to the lake. A wonderful guide...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2017

Kia ora JoteePark, Thank you for your 5 star review. It was a bit of a mission to get all of your gear and friends over to Hot Water for your weekend of camping but that is all part of our friendly service. Hot Water...More

Reviewed April 20, 2017

Very helpful service customizing pickups and drop offs for our group of 11 walkers who spent a weekend at Lake Tarawera. Nothing was too much trouble and ensured we had a great time

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2017

Kia ora Andrea F, Thank you for your kind review. We are happy to hear you had a great time here at Tarawera and it was our pleasure to have your group on board. Nga mihi, Captain Dave

Reviewed April 18, 2017

Great service. Friendly people. Informative guide with warm personality. Couldn't be better for a trip back to childhood memories with dear friends. Trish GribbenMore

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2017

Kia ora Trish, Tarawera is an awesome place but when you yourself have a history here, it is always wonderful to come back. Thank you for your kind review, we are glad we could of been of service while you reminisced about your childhood. Nga...More

Reviewed April 17, 2017

Excellent service, friendly informative skipper, great way to get back to the Landing after walking the Tarawera Trail and soaking in the thermal waters of Hot Water Beach - can recomnend it.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2017

Kia ora bostinwhiti, Thank you for your five star review and we appreciate that you thought our Skipper was friendly and informative and offered excellent service. Nga mihi, Captain Dave

Reviewed April 16, 2017

Very impressed with Totally Tarawera, great service humble genuine and caring people. They were punctual, and clearly knew how their day was running regarding people still on the track and those of us who had finished early, providing an early return rather than waiting around....More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2017

Kia ora pamela946, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad to here that you are very impressed with our service. When we re-branded over a year ago to Totally Tarawera, for us it was not just about us running a business, we also...More

Reviewed April 11, 2017

Spent a very wet 4 hour walk from the Landing to Hot Water Beach. Fab water taxi arrived an hour earlier than booked in case we were fed up with being soaked! Which we were!! Very thoughtful and thank you so much!More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2017

Kia ora kerrybM5719BI, When it rains it certainly pours at times here at Tarawera. We were happy to arrive earlier to check that you weren't too soaked and needed a ride back. Hot Water Beach is a lovely place to visit and frolic around in,...More

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KiwiCanadian305
Can we hike this in a round day hike with out taking the boat back
March 4, 2017|
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Response from watertaxiTarawera | Property representative |
Hi KiwiCanadian305, As others have said, by rights you can but it depends on your level of fitness. We have had some that have completed both ways within 7 hours and we have had others that thought they could walk back out... More
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LChancho
Captain Dave, We are staying in Rotorua and plan to hike out to the hot water beach and then have you bring us back at 3:00 in your boat. What is the best way to get from Rotorua to the trail had and from your boat dock back to Rotorua? Thank you, Larry
March 17, 2015|
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Response from watertaxiTarawera | Property representative |
Hello Larry, If you are based in Rotorua without any transport out to Lake Tarawera, you can hire a shuttle service from Rotorua to Tarawera from Grumpys Shuttle Service. I believe they charge about $90.00 return. If you... More
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Robyne43
Good afternoon we were thinking of staying at Hot Water Beach Doc Camping Ground. I read that you drop off at the Camping Ground. Do you pick up also or do we have to drive to The Landing? regards Robyne and Denis Fitzsimons
January 2, 2015|
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Response from watertaxiTarawera | Property representative |
Good morning Robyne and Denis, We run a regular service to Hot Water Beach DOC Camping Ground each day, the times are 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm. We will also bring you back from Hot Water Beach to The Landing, 9:30am... More
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