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Totally Tarawera

Tarawera Road, Lake Tarawera 3076, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8080
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Amazing tarawera advocates :)

Great organisation.... exceptionally friendly, professional service, the places they take you to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
D9501XEjuliec
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Great personalised eco tour

We had a great half day doing an eco tour of Lake Tarawera with Captain David. David droppped us... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
hjsmith1965
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Canberra, Australia
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Great organisation.... exceptionally friendly, professional service, the places they take you to are world class...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great half day doing an eco tour of Lake Tarawera with Captain David. David droppped us off for the stunning Tarawera Falls walk, followed by a visit to the hot pools and the amazing hot water beach. A truely authentic experience from...More

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

Thank you guys for your review of our tour. It is one of my favourites to do as our guests get to experience the best of Lake Tarawera being the spectacular Tarawera Falls, Hot Water Beach, and the Natural Bush Hot Pool. And of course...More

Reviewed January 8, 2018

The boat captains were all friendly and helpful, and took us not only to the falls trail but to the bush hot springs and hot water beach. The trail to Tarawera Falls is absolutely beautiful, and the Falls themselves are one of the most stunning...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Thank you for your excellent description of your walk and adventure on Lake Tarawera. You did what we call the "ultimate day out" which combines the walk to the Tarawera Falls, the visit to Hot Water Beach and of course the soak in the "Natural...More

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Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to book the water taxi to take us to hot water beach & natural bush hotppol. Captain Wayne was a great guide sharing with us the history of this very unique place, it was a great way to spend an afternoon.More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to make a comment on you experience with us. This is our families tribal area so we are proud to be able to share the stories and culture of the Tuhourangi people of this land. I am very pleased you...More

Reviewed November 29, 2017

We enjoyed our water taxi ride to the by-boat-only Natural Bush Hot Pool. When we arrived, the place was mobbed, and our Captain David suggested we find another place, but by the time we donned our swimsuits and got ready, we had the whole place...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Greetings Janice, Apologies for taking a while to respond to your kind and precise review of your time with us. It is the crazy time of the year and my multitasking skills are not as good as they could be. More importantly I would like...More

Reviewed October 25, 2017

We kayak'd into Hot Water Beach and camped three nights, it is a really great campsite, remote but well serviced with quality long drops. Camp sites are all level and well looked after. Fantastic view of Mt Tarawera plus hot water to soak in at...More

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Thanks for your review of your experience here at Lake Tarawera and your recommendation of using the Lake Tarawera Water Taxi for those that do not have a kayak. Awesome way to experience the lake by kayak. A lot less effort by a motor powered...More

Reviewed October 15, 2017

Wayne was a fantastic host, telling us a lot about the local area and history, and also the Tarawera eruption which was fascinating. We took the water taxi to a natural hot water spring, which was so relaxing, and visited the Hot Water Beach too....More

Thank Joy B
watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Thanks for your review and a 5 star rating. Wayne loves to tell our guests about the local geothermal and local Maori cultural stories so we are pleased you enjoyed them too. The thing that is a bit different with us to many of the...More

Reviewed July 16, 2017

Excellent service and really helpful in getting my son and I to and from the campsite on Lake Tarawera. Your company went out of there way to help us and i really appreciate the friendly service. Thanks

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

Many thanks for your review. We are a family business so we pride ourselves in doing the best we can. Hot Water Beach campsite is pretty special with it's bathing and cooking in the sand. Hope to see you back in the future. Captain Dave.

Reviewed June 26, 2017 via mobile

We went over on the boat to hot water beach. Absolutely awesome service with Dave!!!! Really made our day awesome and gave us a superb experience of hot water beach. Highly reccomend!!!!! ☺

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

Thanks for your 5 star review. My family and myself love Lake Tarawera so enjoy sharing our beautiful surroundings and stories with you. Thanks again for your review. Captain Dave

Reviewed June 4, 2017 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

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watertaxiTarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2017

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

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Paige D
July 14, 2017|
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Response from trevor h | Reviewed this property |
I had my own car so just ask at rotorua information centre
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KiwiCanadian305
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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