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Address: Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-362 8080
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Lake Tarawera water taxis

Great trip back from Hot Water Beach Lake Tarawera on the water Taxi. Arrived right on time, driver was helpful, friendly and informative about the area. Gave us a chance to look... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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Rotorua District, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great trip back from Hot Water Beach Lake Tarawera on the water Taxi. Arrived right on time, driver was helpful, friendly and informative about the area. Gave us a chance to look at the mountain and surrounding area from the lake and then gave us a quick comfortable ride back to The Landing. Highly recommend

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Broome, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Lake Walk was incredibly scenic and we had it all to ourselves. The boat taxi back home after we finished the walk was great fun, but even better was our driver who was incredibly knowledgeable about the Lake and the local environment. He gave us a real insight into the place, and was a great advocate for the area.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora Sandy C, Thank you for your five star review. The Tarawera Trail walk is indeed very beautiful with scenic vistas throughout. I appreciate your thoughts about the "taxi back home after we finished the walk was great fun". I think it is very important to add some fun and interest on the short trip back from Hot Water... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really happy with Totally Tarawera. Easy to navigate website, super helpful person on the phone when I had a few questions. Boat trip was on time, easy to do, and the boat driver was friendly, fun and informative which was an added bonus on the trip to hear some local and informed knowledge on the Lake.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora lindyj875 Thank you for your 5 star review. I am really pleased to hear you found our website easy to navigate and you also found our staff super helpful. I enjoy being able to be on the Lake, sharing some local knowledge and history, in fact for us at Totally Tarawera, it is a privilege to be able... More 

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

The water taxi we scheduled from Hot Water Beach on Lake Tarawera was excellent. We scheduled the taxi in less than 24 hours, and they still confirmed and communicated with us via telephone. The taxi driver "captain of the boat" was a friendly and informative guy - telling us history about the region and making the ride back an enjoyable... More 

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora drewpvogt, Thank you for your review and your emphatic recommendation. It is pleasing to hear that you would book with us again "without hesitation". It is very easy for us to be friendly and informative, we love what we do here at Lake Tarawera. Kind regards, Captain Dave More 

Tauranga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was the only person catching the afternoon water taxi back and booked at very late notice (4pm the day before) but I received a warm welcome on the phone and by the skipper and it was a lovely way to finish the Tarawera Trail walk. Highly recommended!

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora TraceyC1978 I am really pleased to hear that you think that we have "Amazing Service", it is something we strive for each and everyday. Our drive to create "Meaning Experiences" here at Lake Tarawera does start with that initial phone contact right through to when we bring you back to The Landing at the end of your particular... More 

North Shore City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a great, easy to use service. As we were using the water taxi in winter when conditions can change, it is recommended that you ring in advance of your trip to confirm the boat can still go out. The woman I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and helpful. We then really enjoyed our short trip... More 

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora Samantha B, Thank you for taking the time to give us such a positive review. I appreciate the fact that you found our service easy to use and found our staff friendly and helpful. Although we have all weather boats and will go out in the rain, sometimes the speed of the wind is enough to make it... More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Dave was charming and informative. Easy as access to the hot beach and hot pool. A real natural experience which we will recommend to our friends.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora engdahlm, Thank you for your five star review. We are so privileged to live, work and play in such a wondrous area and it is our absolute pleasure to be able to show its delights to visitors such as you. Both our water taxi’s offer ease of use for the Skipper to manoeuvre in and out of the... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Friendly and accomodating guide! Informative and genuine. Check out the glamping!! Stunning and will be back.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora saltyowl, Thank you for considering us a "Beautiful family day out." We enjoy sharing our beautiful Lake Tarawera with all guests and have learnt through doing so that even if you are one or ninety nine years old there is something for you to do, see or feel here. We are the first people in New Zealand to... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

The water taxi service from hot water beach to the landing was fantastic. The captain provided a great service and commentary on the ride back to the landing which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora camille_ladyman Thank you for your 5 star review. I am, as with the rest of the Totally Tarawera team very passionate about this area. If there is an opportunity to give you a commentary about this area as we bring you back from Hot Water Beach we are most certainly going to take it. You are only on... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Great walk, a little over 3 hours from the landing including stops. Very scenic and great weather really made the day.

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this review

Kia ora youngone777, Thank you for your review. "A little over 3 hours from The Landing" is not a bad pace at all. Sometimes it is very hard to gauge timing as it does comes down the individuals walking ability together with how many stops they take along the way. I am so glad that you had great weather which... More 

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