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Mt. Tarawera

Mt. Tarawera

Mt. Tarawera, Rotorua, New Zealand, 3073

The Basics

Created by the 1866 eruption, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley—a scenic reserve and geothermal hot spot that covers much of the area around nearby Lake Rotomahana—is a popular day-trip destination. Reach the privately owned peak by guided hike, mountain bike, four-wheel drive, or helicopter; alternatively, walk to nearby Tarawera Falls, mountain bike around Lake Okataina, or cruise across Lake Rotomahana. To stay on Lake Tarawera overnight, look for the surrounding campsites which dot the area.

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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
$138.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome!
Awesome experience, a special place steeped in history. Frank and Dan were friendly, fun, knowledgeable and patient. I would love to have spent the whole day up there and walked further.
Jude, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

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New Zealand's mini Grand Canyon
Russell_N, Oct 2020
Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
Incredible trip well looked after by pilot. Amazing place and the size of the rift is a must see. A lot of work done by local iwi to clean up noxious weeds etc. Mt. Tarawera looks great.
star-5
An amazing experience
LesleyJune_S, Apr 2021
Mt Tarawera Fly-Drive Volcanic Experience
My grand daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Apart from the amazing helicopter views and the colours of Mt Tarawera, our really informative guides were a highlight of the day. The walk on the mount was harder than expected and I think the challenges of it should be pointed out in the advertising. It certainly requires a reasonable level of fitness.
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Awesome!
Wendy_O, Apr 2021
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
What an awesome morning. Harry and Dan were fantastic guides, we had heaps of fun. Mount Tarawera is spectacular. I would highly Recommend this adventure!
star-5
Excellent trip !!
Enzo_K, Oct 2020
Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
All staff were friendly and helpful Pilot was knowledgeable and very informative the whole experience was memorable
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Going down to the crater.
Kamelot, Jul 2020
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
We had an amazing time in the tour. It wasnt the best of weathers when we went there but it was nothing less than spectacular. Our tour guide nicole was very helpful and she lets me take as much time as we need especially going down to the crater.
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Duck Cruise
Deborah_J, Mar 2019
Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide
The Duck Cruise was fun. The driver was friendly and his commentary re the lakes was informative and entertaining. The lakes we visited are beautiful.
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Mt Tarawera hike
PK_N, Mar 2020
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
Amazing, out of the world experience. Enjoyed every minute. Nicole and Steve made what looks daunting, so easy Simply Awesome!!
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Amazing
Gayleen_D, Mar 2020
Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
Wow oh wow fantastic, This wa just amazing, Sam the pilot was graet and so knowledgeable, Will never forget this awesome experience
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Gorgeous
Donald_L, Jan 2020
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
Your online write-up is totally inadequate and misrepresentative. This is a 750 foot elevation hike that involves a short distance of scrambling using hand-holds. There is also a 750 foot descent to the bottom of the crater through a steep scree field. All of this is on loose rock and stone under foot. Shame on you!
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Super rad!
Jarrod_M, Feb 2020
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
Such a prime tour! Massively recommend this to any travelers looking to scope out the mountain, grab some epic views, take in the deeply entrenched Maori culture and understand more about the formation and events of this area. The hike is well fun and not grossly challenging, just enough to get your heart rate up and make you feel alive. The tour operators are ultra nice and provide a laid back, comfortable vibe for the crew and set a good energy. The scree run into the crater is a highlight, too. Wicked fun and your shoes get pummeled with loose rocks. Best! Get around this if you want an organic experience and want to plonk yourself amongst nature.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mt. Tarawera is ideal for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Tarawera’s peak is privately owned and has been off-limits to independent hikers, cyclists, and general visitors since early 2010.

  • The entrance fee for Lake Rotomahana and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley supports this extremely rare and protected ecosystem.

  • Obtain a required access permit for Tarawera Falls or Tarawera Outlet at Maori Investments Limited in Kawerau, or on weekends at the Kawerau i-Site Visitor Centre.

  • Because much of the Tarawera area is rugged forest, make sure to wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing.

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How to Get There

Mt. Tarawera is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Rotorua. Because it is private property, Tarawera is closed to independent visitors; the best and only way to get there is to book a guided tour.

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When to Get There

Tarawera’s peak is exposed, so the best time to visit is likely in early or late summer, when the sun is out but not too unforgiving. This is also a good time to visit the rest of the area, as the nature walks and beaches tend to be less crowded and more temperate.

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Swimming in Lake Tarawera

Lake Tarawera sits at the foot of the mountain, but don’t make the assumption that it’s also privately owned and off-limits. In fact, the lake has several beaches and bays that are great for swimming and boating. Its best-kept secret, though, is accessible only by ferry or by walking the Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach, where thermal activity heats the water and sand.

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Mt. Tarawera