Rotorua
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  • Rotorua: The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

    1. Rotorua: The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

    Located just a 15-minute drive from Rotorua, the Buried Village of Te Wairoa features an interactive museum, scenic walking trails, and a look at the devastating effects of one of New Zealand’s greatest natural disasters: the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption of 1886, which wiped out a natural landmark known as the Pink and White Terraces. The award-winning museum sheds light on the hardships suffered by this once-bustling European and Maori village settlement.  Expect to spend at least 1 and a half hours at the site to get the most out of the experience, which includes audio guides, living history tours, and talks by costumed guides scheduled throughout the day. Gain firsthand insight into the chaos of the night that Mt. Tarawera erupted and destroyed Te Wairoa, a village of Maoris and missionaries excavated under the Kaitiakitanga of the Smith family for nearly 90 years. Refresh at Smit...

    Absolutely loved learning about the history of the land we stood on and the stories shaped our future today. Honestly such an amazing place with interesting displays to accompany the stories as they are being told! Worth the price for sure!!!

  • New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    2. New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Wellington and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua. Travel along the breathtaking Kapiti Coast, through the city of Palmerston North, and alongside the Central Plateau, home to several active volcanoes. The drive also takes you past the stunning Lake Taupo before arriving in Rotorua in the late afternoon. Get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel, and then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next,...

  • Rotorua: Mount Tarawera Volcanic Crater Half-Day Guided Walk

    3. Rotorua: Mount Tarawera Volcanic Crater Half-Day Guided Walk

    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.

    Our tour was fantastic, from the moment we stepped onto the bus. From the awe-inspiring vista, to the knowledgable, passionate guardians of the land, we will treasure the memories forever.

  • Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

    4. Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

    Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. Snake through steep New Zealand bush-clad canyons. Be thrilled by fourteen rapids and tree waterfalls, including the world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls. Relive the rafting action through photos snapped by a professional adventure photographer along the way. 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.  Admire stunning scenic vistas and 360-degree panoramic views as you enjoy the hike up. At the summit, ...

  • New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    5. New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Auckland and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua, via the Waitomo Glowworm caves. Enjoy an incredible must-see guided tour of the caves by boat through the glowworm grotto. Arrive in Rotorua in the late afternoon and get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel (or similar), then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next, see Rotorua's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working organic...

  • Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

    6. Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

    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 ...

    Perfect! Our guide Kay was the BEST! She explained every detail and we were amazed that she told us about NZ and the tour for the whole time (even when driving). Everything was on time and the sights were amazing! Def. would recommend!

  • From Whakatane: 1-Hour Volcanic Region Flight

    7. From Whakatane: 1-Hour Volcanic Region Flight

    Departing from Whakatane Airport, experience the thrill of your 1-hour flight's take-off, before climbing above the local coastline with views of Moutohora Island. Fly towards the hidden lakes district and to the volcanic peaks of Mount Tarawera. Learn about New Zealand's largest historic volcanic eruption as you fly inland, towards Rotorua to the country's breathtaking volcanic region. Enjoy a spectacular view of the 2.5-kilometer-long Mount Tarawera crater onboard this scenic flight. Also see Waimangu Thermal Valley, the Rotorua Lakes District, Mount Putauaki, Matahina Hydroelectric, Dam and Ohope Beach.

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What people are saying about Rotorua

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Absolutely loved learning about the history of the land we stood on and the stories shaped our future today. Honestly such an amazing place with interesting displays to accompany the stories as they are being told! Worth the price for sure!!!

A highly recommended tour! The many colors and huge craters of the volcano look just amazing, just like the view from the top. Our guide Jack was super cool and told a lot. Running down into the crater was especially fun!

Our tour was fantastic, from the moment we stepped onto the bus. From the awe-inspiring vista, to the knowledgable, passionate guardians of the land, we will treasure the memories forever.

Absolutely amazing. Not much else to say! :) we had a beautiful day with stunning views and it is definitely a must do!! You’ll not regret it, promise!

Fantastic experience for my 12 year old daughter and I! We both loved it, and a nice challenge without it being too hard.