Rotorua full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu, Buried Village, Whakarewarewa

See the best of Rotorua's geothermal and discover a local Maori story with our local guide.

This tour includes the morning tour of New Zealand's 2 best geothermal attractions, Wai O Tapu and Waimangu (this tour is also sold separately on Viator/Tripadvisor).

The afternoon section is

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Duration 8 hours
Pickup Hotel pickup available
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  • What's included :
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local naturalist guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Small group tour, maximum 12 people
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry/Admission - Lady Knox Geyser
    • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    • Entry/Admission - Buried Village of Te Wairoa
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

    Journey to Wai O Tapu, one of the world's most surreal destinations. You will spend approximately 45-60min in the park before departing to the Lady Knox geyser.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lady Knox Geyser, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

    Our journey will guide you to the Lady Knox geyser who only erupts once a day at 10.15 am. Come along and found out the story behind her punctuality.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, 587 Waimangu Road Off State Highway 5, Rotorua 3043 New Zealand

    We journey to the Jurassic Waimangu valley, the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world.

    Here we will witness first hand the power and beauty of mother nature and the aftermath of the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera.

    We spend approximately 90min here, including a 30min lunch break at the scenic Waimangu cafe.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, 17 Tryon Street Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    Following our lunch break, we will journey to Whakarewarewa the living village.

    Whakarewarewa predates the city of Rotorua as the village has been home to several Maori tribes over the past 300-400 years.

    Our tour will focus on Maori sub-tribe Tuhourangi and how they have integrated within the village post the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera.

    The Village today is full of life with around 200 occupants and close to 500 hot springs and other geothermal features that have been a very valuable resource for our Maori people.

    We tend to spend 60 minutes here.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Buried Village of Te Wairoa, 1180 Tarawera Road RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076 New Zealand

    Our journey will conclude with a visit to Te Wairoa, the Buried Village.

    The buried village tells the story of Maori sub-tribe Tuhourangi whos lives where changed transformed when the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, buried there homes in 10 feet of mud.

    Follow the story of how Tuhourangi overcame adversity to establish a sustainable future for its people.

    We spend approximately 60min on site.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all Rotorua accommodations within the city limits at the following timesBlack Swan 8.05 amPeppers on the Point 8.05 amKoura Lodge 8.05 amCosy Cottage 8.05 amBella Vista 8.05 amTop 10 holiday park 8.10 amNovotel 8.10 amRegent 8.10 amIbis 8.10 amAura Accommodation 8.10 amAccolades 8.10 amPrinces Gate 8.15 amMuseum 8.15 amYHA treks 8.15 amBase 8.15 amQuest 8.15 amMillennium 8.20 amSudima 8.20 amRotorua central backpackers 8.20 amRydges 8.25 amfour canoes 8.25 amSilver Fern 8.25 amRegal Palms 8.25 amDevonwood 8.25 amSport of Kings 8.25 amEmerald Spa 8.25 amHoliday Inn 8.30 amThermal Holiday park 8.30 am
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours

Activity ID: V-3647FD

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