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“Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Tour”

Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours
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$110.50*
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Ranked #19 of 64 Tours in Rotorua
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Owner description: Elite Adventures is an award winning tour company providing scheduled and private half-day and full day tours of Rotorua. We also organise custom-made private and group tours and shore excursions to Rotorua from Tauranga port. Tell us where your interest lies and we can create the tour you desire. Why choose us? We offer tours through many of Rotorua's attractions that do not offer guided tours. Our guides are locals and are fun, friendly and informative! We keep our tour groups small and personalised.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 16, 2013

booked via 'viator' online. picked up by local FANTASTIC guide (Huru). Highly recommend Huru, his knowledge was fantastic, he showed us a fabulous time around Wai-O-Tapu + mud pools and the Lady Knox Geyser. We had limited time so found this tour good value for the 4.5hrs.
quite a walk around the volcano. Some steep stairs for amazing views but can tailor to suit your needs/fitness

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eliteadventures, Owner at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Thanks for your review we are gald you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you down this again sometime, have a very Merry Xmas!!

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

As with many things in NZ the staff makes the difference in making this an outstanding activity. Our guide Trent made the adventure informative, entertaining and enjoyable. His knowledge of the sights, culture and ecology were additions to the spectacular landscape and views. I would highly recommend this as the best way to see the geo thermal phenomenon in this area

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eliteadventures, Owner at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2013

Thank you for your kind words Cameron was great meet you and spend the morning with you and your lady, great conversation and knowledge shared maturely, best way to learn about each other cultures and differences. Come and visit again Cameron hope you have a very Merry Xmas!!

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We don't want to drive on the "wrong side of the road," so figured this would be the most practical way to see a lot of sights near Rotorua. In eight hours, we hit most of the highlights, and learned some about Maori culture and crafts ... the 75:25 balance was just right.

Our all-day guide, Huru, was very personable. He was enthusiastic, shared generously of his upbringing, his father's and mother's background, and stories about many of his ancestors (including, humorously, cultural wisdom about which types of Pakeha were most delicious to eat. And he seemed to know everybody in town, calling them "cousins" and greeting many people by name as he drove or walked. He was graceful about a late start (something delayed the van before he picked us up) and the subsequent rush ... he still took time to give us full attention when we joined the group.

It would have been better if he'd used his mic more while we drove ... he was sometimes hard to hear in the back seats of the mini-bus. He was a little curt telling other tourists they could not listen to him talk to our tour group. But overall, Huru was a delightful guide and host.

On one tour, we met Trent Neilsen (overall leader of Elite Travel in Rotorua), who was leading a different group. We were pleased he remembered us from e-mail correspondence a few months earlier. He seems to run a good operation.

We were mostly interested in the thermal area, volcanoes, etc., and were not particularly looking forward to the Maori culture portion of the day, but Huru made this worthwhile for us also. We had studied some Maori words in advance and appreciated his help with pronunciation, refining the dictionary meaning, etc.

Overall, a good use of a day. Perhaps even better than had we hired a car, tried to decide what best to see, and driven ourselves around.

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eliteadventures, Owner at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2013

Thank you for your kind words and for choosing Elite Adventures as your local guide. We try and take the ease out of sightseeing as there are many things to do and see all around Rotorua. Our guides are true locals and have grown up in the area, hunting, fishing, teaching, guiding, cooking in the thermal waters and have many entertaining stories to share. Sometimes other tourists do try and join our small private groups to get the information whilst we are walking around and I do advise our guides to be nice but firmly ask them to carry on as they havent paid for our services, im sure you can understand Chuck. We thank you again for your kind, decent words and hope you may visit again someday!

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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

We had Trent taking us out for the day, and he did a marvelous job! He knew so much and was very knowledgable regarding the land and the sights! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone wishing to see the spectacular geothermal wonderlands in Rotorua, New Zealand!

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eliteadventures, Owner at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2013

Thanks Jesse, glad you had a great day with me, was a pleasure showing you around our beautiful city. Hope to see you again someday, cheers Trent Neilson

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

A well-designed exciting tour. Our tour guide was kind, friendly and very knowledgeable. Joining the Elite Adventures Tours is really a must-do in Rotorua!

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eliteadventures, Owner at Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Thanks for your kind words Annie, even as a New Zealander its interesting to go with a local and learn a little more about the area, all the stories and secrets. I myself try to go with local guides where ever I travel as you get more from them than internet or books. We look forward to your next visit to Rotorua Annie and if you have any friends or relatives we would love to show them around, cheers Annie!

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