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Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

Product ID: 150029
Join a small group tour to visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley from central Rotorua. Discover the area’s hot springs, erupting geysers, mud pools, volcanoes and lush native forest.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese

Pickup included

Hotel pick-up and drop off is available from most Rotorua accommodations with pick-up time between 8:05 AM and 8:30 AM. The local operator will confirm your pick-up details after booking.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Marvel at Rotorua's incredible geothermal sights like the stunning Lady Knox Geyser
  • Make the most of your morning with a half-day tour
  • Enjoy a more personal experience on a small group tour with a maximum of 11 guests
Full description
Discover Rotorua’s most popular geothermal parks: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Join a small-group morning tour capped at 11 guests for a personal experience led by a knowledgeable guide.

You will be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation between 8:05 AM and 8:30 AM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive through forestry and farmland before arriving at New Zealand's largest boiling mud pools. At Wai-O-Tapu you will follow a flat, well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters. Listen to a short presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption at 10:15 AM.  

Your next stop will be the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular bush-covered geothermal park. Pause at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM before being dropped back to your accommodation between 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transport
  • Driver/guide
  • Small group tour
  • Live commentary
  • Wai-O-Tapu admission fee and Lady Knox Geyser
  • Waimangu Thermal Valley admission fee
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Other food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• A medium level of fitness is required for this activity as you will be walking around the geothermal parks
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From US$ 102.60 US$ 82.08 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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What a wondrous experience! Nature is such a gift & the geothermal area in Rotorua is a shining example of that fact. Speaking of special gifts- our guide Kate was superb- her knowledge was extraordinary, she is a real fire-cracker & her true love for the natural wonders she presented to us truly shined through her spirit! Thank you Kate & thank you Rotorua!!

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December 28, 2019

Our guide was amazing. She told us so many nice stories about Rotorua and New Zealand during our trip and also had very good knowledge of the two sights we visited. I really liked what we visited, so together with the wonderful guide it was definitely a nice experience that we recommend.

December 20, 2019

February 14, 2020

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Elite Adventures

Product ID: 150029