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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

Rotorua, New Zealand
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
  • Half-day tour of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, from Rotorua
  • Drive a short distance from Rotorua to view New Zealand’s largest geothermal parks with an experienced guide
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the geology of the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides an intimate experience
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Live commentary on board
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all Rotorua accommodations within the city limits at the following times
Black Swan 8.05 am
Peppers on the Point 8.05 am
Koura Lodge 8.05 am
Cosy Cottage 8.05 am
Bella Vista 8.05 am
Top 10 holiday park 8.10 am
Novotel 8.10 am
Regent 8.10 am
Ibis 8.10 am
Aura Accommodation 8.10 am
Accolades 8.10 am
Princes Gate 8.15 am
Museum 8.15 am
YHA treks 8.15 am
Base 8.15 am
Quest 8.15 am
Millennium 8.20 am
Sudima 8.20 am
Rotorua central backpackers 8.20 am
Rydges 8.25 am
four canoes 8.25 am
Silver Fern 8.25 am
Regal Palms 8.25 am
Devonwood 8.25 am
Sport of Kings 8.25 am
Emerald Spa 8.25 am
Holiday Inn 8.30 am
Thermal Holiday park 8.30 am

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Following hotel pickup in the morning, depart Rotorua by minivan for the 25-minute scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, considered New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Disembark here for a guided walk along wide and well-groomed trails that border volcanic craters, natural springs and bubbling mud pools in a vibrant range of yellow, orange and turquoise technicolor.

Listen to your guide describe the area’s geothermal activity since the 1866 eruption of the Tarawera Volcano, and see how the surrounding native bush has regenerated. Learn about the Lady Knox Geyser before you witness its fountain of water exploding into the air. 

Your leisurely stroll allows for plenty of time to ask questions and take photos as you marvel at the surreal beauty of Wai-O-Tapu. After, hop back into your vehicle for the short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and discover how New Zealand’s indigenous Maori made use of these geothermal hot spots.

Your 4-hour tour ends with the return to your Rotorua hotel.
Stop At:  
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lady Knox Geyser
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

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  • "Pick up from the motel, followed by a visit to the mud pools and 2 different geological parks, Kay was brilliant, walking briskly so we could make it in time to see the lady Knox geyser at 10 15!" See review


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Watching a geyser!
, Mar 2020
Our guide, Kay, was very knowledgeable about the walks we went on to discover mud bubbling, steam spewing and explaining the local fauna. She was also very observant and noticed my limping. She took care to let me know when "rough terrain" was coming up, suggested alternative paths and even taking the shuttle. Great morning!
Interesting and great views
, Mar 2020
Kay was our guide and she was great. Very interesting places and a great 1/2 day tour to do. Rotorua in general was a nice town to visit.
Way More Interesting than Book Learning
, Mar 2020
Learning about this geothermal environment was very enjoyable. The hike was relatively easy and the sites were amazing
, Mar 2020
Very efficient pick up service and fascinating tour of geysers and thermal valleys. Would highly recommend x
Well worth it!
, Feb 2020
Highly recommend this adventure! Two great stops in the Thermal Valley Rotorua with bubbling mud pools and amazing geysers!
Great thermal tour
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a great introduction to the thermal features around Rotorua. There is so much to see, it was nice to have a guide to take us to the highlights and point out things we generally wouldn’t have noticed or seen. The only trouble we had was contacting Elite Adventures prior to the trip - we tried a couple different emails, but ended up calling them once in country to confirm our pickup. Pickup was right on time, and the coach was comfortable, with a nice size group of about 12.
Great tour
, Jan 2020
This is one of the best tours we have been on. The geo thermals were very interesting and spectacular. We had the most informative and obliging tour guide Clive. Highly recommend it.
Incredibly sights
, Jan 2020
We saw some amazing sights at Wai-o-tapi and Waimangu. We also enjoyed the walks and introduction to native plants by our guide.
Fantastic tour
, Dec 2019
Trent was a wonderful guide who showed us New Zealand's natural beauty. He's extremely knowledgeable and personable - highly recommend!
An amazing experience
, Nov 2019
Though I had heard of hot springs and geysers, until I saw this i never knew half of the beaty nor realised how extreme these ecosystems are.

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