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Shore Excursion: Fully Guided Rotorua Sightseeing Tour including Tauranga and Mt Maunganui
"You will have an overview of Mount Maunganui before departing for Rotorua. Kiwi 360 Kiwi Country Store and  Visitor centre. Okere Falls watch River rafting and native walk through fauna. Visit the stunning Redwood Forest and Blue Lake. In Rotorua vi ""The Living Maori Village"" before enjoying a fantastic cultural performance including song and dance. Lunch at the Lakeside Cafe (additional cost) next to beautiful Lake Rotorua. Drive through the picturesque Government Gardens and past the historic Bl Rotorua Museum and Polynesian Spa. We return through farmland & forest with spectacular views of Tauranga & Mt. Maunganui. Visit Mossop's Honey for tasting gifts & ice cream (optional & time permitting). Spectacular views of the area from we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.""""This is an entry level full day tour for visitors wanting an awesome day sightseeing all the local attractions including Rotorua
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
"After morning pickup from your Rotorua hotel travel about 25 minutes in a comfortable minivan to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland taking in the sight of farmland and forests as you drive.Upon arrival at Wai-O-Tapu your experienced guide leads you along well-marked paths to reach a series of brilliantly colored natural pools of steaming hot water that bubble with geothermal activity. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and watch the daily eruptio orange and turquoise colors. Your guide also points out examples of how the native bush regenerated after the eruption. As you take in bubbling mud pools steaming lakes and more you’ll understand why Wai-O-Tapu is considered one of the world’s most surreal places.Expect a leisurely walk along wide trails with plenty of time for photo ops and informative commentary from your guide. Feel free to ask any questions that you
From NZD149.00
 
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour
"Your day trip takes you through forestry and farmland to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and a series of colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. After seeing the Lady Knox geyser erupt you'll take a short drive to the Waimangu volcanic valley where your guide will tell you about the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular bush-covered geothermal park. Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) are amazingly clear and colorful lakes and their gorgeous scenery make them a favorite stop for visitors. You'll also visit the Buried Village the site of a Maori village that was destroyed during the Tarawera volcanic eruption. You'll then take a walk through beautiful native bush to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout."
From NZD284.00

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Waimangu walking tour

We paid $26 dollar for a 3 kilometer walking tour guided by a map. Was such a nice experience seeing the world's youngest geothermal activity (which does not smell like a fart, in fairness) and seeing lots of NZ birds and lakes.

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heydelin
Nov 02, 2014

Lake Rotomahana

This volcanic lake has its own geothermal system, lying right in the shadow of Mt Tarawera. Boat rides are available (visit the web site for more). See the hot shores of the lake, and the volcanic craters in which it sits. The narrated boat ride lasts about an hour.

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Tom_Fields
Mar 29, 2012

Waimangu Valleyt

This is a spectacular volcanic hot spot, similar to Yellowstone but without the crowds. This is Rotorua's most impressive place to see. Some of the major highlights include the lakes inside huge volcanic craters, some still hot, warm volcanic streams, and mudpots.

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Tom_Fields
Mar 29, 2012

Waimangu Thermal Valley.

Waimangu Thermal Valley is about 25km south of Rotorua. There is a walk through the valley which passes some amazing boiling pools. There is a small silica terrace at the end of the walk. You can access the shore of Lake Tarawera through here and see the brooding Mt Tarawera, still looking menacing after all these years.

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worldkiwi
Jan 22, 2003
 
 
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Waimangu Valley

You will find the world's largest hot spring and the amazing craters here in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. These craters were formed during the 1886 Tarawera Eruption. Amazing beauty, spectacular scenery, incredible geothermal activity, a nature lover's paradise of wildlife and plants. Frying Pan Lake, Cathedral Rocks, Warbrick Terrace. A leisurely walk will take you around the hot lakes, boiling springs, silica terraces and native bush walks. Or take a boat trip on Lake Rotomahana, the largest crater of the 1886 Tarawera Eruption to the steaming cliffs, the site of the famous Pink and White Terraces. An internal shuttle bus which returns you from the end of your walk – this is the uphill part.

Open 8.30am - 5.00pm.
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keeweechic
Dec 27, 2002

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Amazing geothermal activity in the volcanic craters formed in 1886 by the eruption of Mt Tarawera. Cool native bushwalks amidst huge hot-water springs and lakes, beautiful silica terraces and rare thermal plants. Boat cruises on picturesque crater Lake Rotomahana run 6 times daily. The world's newest geothermal system.

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sunnywong
Nov 17, 2002

Chicken Soup

Couple of birds brave the warm waters at Waimangu... The steam is be generated by the hot spring dumping into the cooler lake... (birds dont seem to mind a bit.....)

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kenmerk
Jun 22, 2003

Steaming Ridge

A steaming ridge along the shores of Lake Rotormahana at Waimangu...

There is quite a bit of geothermal activity in this area.....

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Jun 22, 2003
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"Clean Steam - Smell Hell - Culture Capital"
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"Rotorua, main tourist attraction in North Island."
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Lake Rotomahana

Centerpiece of the Waimangu Geothermal area, Lake Rotomahana was formed in 1886 when nearby Mt. Tarawera blew its top, thus destroying the famed Pink Terraces which were once in this area...

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Things to Do Near Rotorua

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Blue Baths

As a Spa town Rotorua offers a good choice of spas and thermal baths. Among the most famous Polynesian Spa, there are also smaller but cheaper and less crowded thermal pools. Blue Baths is one of...
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Polynesian Spa

We do enjoy going there - the facilties are great, however had a bad experience with a very rude staff member. When they ask you where you are from this person made an inappropriate comment about our...
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Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua is a volcanic crater lake and is the second larest in the North Island after Lake Taupo. The town of Rotorua is located on the southern shore. Fishing is popular activity as are...
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Mount Tarawera

Mount Tarawera is an impressive dormant volcano near Rotorua. On 10 June 1886 it erupted with tremendous force and killed 153 people. The entire volcano is on Maori land and is considered sacred...
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Te Puia

A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice...
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Rotorua Museum & Government Gardens

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is housed in the old Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. The museum opened in 1969 in the south wing of the old building followed by the Art...
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