1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Rotorua
  4. Mt Tarawera

Rotorua: Mount Tarawera Volcanic Crater Half-Day Guided Walk

Product ID: 178682
Discover the unique landscape and history of Mount Tarawera on a unique 4-hour half-day adventure from Rotorua. Learn the history and discover local myths and legends from your experienced guide.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
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English, Japanese
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  • Ascend Mount Tarawera by off-road 4x4 vehicle and a guided hike to the summit
  • Combine Maori culture with stunning scenic vistas and 360° panoramic views
  • Discover local history, myths, and legends from your experienced guide
  • Leap into the heart of a volcanic crater on a fun and optional 'scree' run
Full description
Start your 4-hour adventure with pickup from your hotel, where you'll meet your friendly local guide and fellow passengers. Journey out of Rotorua toward the base of Mt Tarawera. Throughout the day, your guide will share the history of Mount Tarawera's eruption as well as local myths and legends. 

On arrival at the mountain base, begin the ascent to the crater's edge in an off-road 4x4 vehicle up through native bushland. After a quick stop at the solar-powered mountain base, continue up to the beginning of the track. Your guide will share Maori prayer, Karakia, before you start your hike up to the summit.

Admire stunning scenic vistas and 360-degree panoramic views as you enjoy the hike up. At the summit, you can leap down into the heart of the volcanic crater for a fun and short run.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Courtesy transfers from Rotorua to the base of Mount Tarawera
  • Transport by 4x4 vehicle up Mount Tarawera
  • 90-minute guided crater walk
  • Local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• Suitable for children aged 7 and older
• Only a moderate level of fitness required
• You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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This trip is one of the best things we’ve ever done! The landscape, the views, the information, the walk, climb and scree run down were fun fun fun as was the drive in and out. Our guide Steve was excellent, fun and patient. Will do again in the future. 5 stars!!!

January 9, 2020

March 2, 2020

This is only for the nervous! You have to walk along the abyss over loose scree. And then there is also a rock wall several meters high that you have to climb over. Then I turned around. One of the guides is back with me. I would not do this tour again.

February 9, 2020

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Kaitiaki Adventures

Product ID: 178682