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Rotorua full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu, Buried Village, Whakarewarewa provided by Elite Adventures Rotorua Tours

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

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Explore the mud pits, geysers, and steaming volcanic lakes of Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua’s ancient geothermal wonderland. Learn the history of this dynamic landscape and its Maori heritage from a naturalist guide as you drive and bush walk around the base of Mt. Tarawera. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more intimate eco-adventure.
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  • 1
    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Lady Knox Geyser
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Buried Village of Te Wairoa
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • See all the highlights of Rotorua's top geothermal park in one day
  • Driver takes you straight to the shores of colorful Lake Tikitapu Lake Rotokakahi
  • Hear about the eruption of Mt. Tarawera and pass a buried Maori village
  • Small-group tour includes convenient pickup from Rotorua hotels
Important Information
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Bob H wrote a review Apr 2020
Mississauga, Canada17,052 contributions226 helpful votes
My wife and I went on this tour and visited Wai-o-tapu (hot springs & Lady Know geyser) ; Waimangu Volcanic Valley; Maori Settlement Sites (Rotowhio Marae & Pohutu geyser) and Government Gardens.
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Date of experience: February 2020
cassiekp wrote a review Aug 2019
London8 contributions4 helpful votes
Highly recommend this tour as a great way to explore fascinating thermal Rotorua. We did the full day tour, which is a good option because the Buried Village is a very interesting stop in the afternoon. Our guide Brian was a big highlight of the tour - his deep understanding and
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Date of experience: August 2019
BexD139 wrote a review May 2019
Ontario. Canada36 contributions28 helpful votes
We book this tour is part of our New Zealand itinerary. KIA was our driver and her guide but we ended up calling her Lady Kay of the North Island.We booked this tour is part of our New Zealand itinerary. Kay was our driver and her guide but we ended up calling her Lady!🌺 K of
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Date of experience: May 2019
John I wrote a review Feb 2019
Taipei, Taiwan96 contributions73 helpful votes
Our family of three did the full day tour and Linda was our guide. We were fortunate to be the only ones on the bus that day so got a very personalized tour. The pacing of the day was relaxed but we saw everything we wanted and more. Linda was excellent in her knowledge of
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Jamie O wrote a review Nov 2018
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We were in Rotorua for part of our honeymoon tour around New Zealand. We did the full-day eco-thermal tour and had Linda as our guide. I can't recommend this more highly. Linda was an amazing guide. We saw so many of the wonderful thermal sights on the morning tour. For the
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Date of experience: October 2018
Response from brianwX6999OO, Manager at Rotorua full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu, Buried Village, Whakarewarewa
Responded 25 Nov 2018
Hi JamieO Thank you for taking time out of your day to review your time with Elite Adventures. Elite Adventures is fortunate to have Linda apart of our team, and I will ensure she sees your kind comments. Having the flexibility of being in a small group tour and having knowledgeable guides to accompany this helps create an informative and relaxed environment. This is a strength we believe Elite Adventures has. Follow us on Facebook at Elite Adventures or Instagram at eliteadventures2000. Thank you, see you next time, Brian Winiata-Katting Elite Adventures Rotorua
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Morning Tour
The perfect tour. We had a brilliant morning seeing the incredible sights and scenery that Rotorua has to offer. Br
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Great tour
Amazing scenary and well worth the trip. Our guide, Robbie, was very knowledgeable and was able to explain how the
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Our guide, Brian, was so knowledgeable about not only the geology, but also the cultural aspects, the ecosystems, a
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Nice and leisurely
The tour with Bryan was pleasant and leisurely. He made sure we hit spots that avoided the crowds. He was knowledge
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Happy H
Great Tour
This was a great tour of the thermals. The guide Clive was very informative and obliging. Thanks for your help. We
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Breathtaking scenery with an awesome tour guide
This was the highlight of our Rotorua stay. It was a wonderful morning visiting the geo thermal sites of Wai O Tabu
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Unforgettable journey with Kay
Kay, the guide with her knowledge and sense of humor made this colorful journey memorable for our group which were
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A really fun and personable tour.
We just got back from a full day tour with Trent. He took us out on a fun and informative tour of Wai-o-Tapu, Te
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Nice, informative tour
A nice, informative tour. Not hard physically. Two valleys. Kay did a good job telling stories and pointing out man
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Great tour a Must in Rotorua
This was an awesome morning tour. The tour went at a perfect pace. Pickup and drop off were right on time. The a
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Great morning tour!
Linda from Elite Adventures was a wonderful guide, taking us to two parks with lots of commentary. She kept us on
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Excellent tour and great tour guide
Trent is a knowledgeable and fun tour guide. We really enjoyed this tour. We’ll recommend this tour to friends.
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Great Tour!
Our tour guide was awesome..very informative and personable. Good tour of the area's thermals. Would definitely rec
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Amazingly Unique
My husband and I have traveled extensively so we expected this tour to be similar to Yellowstone, in the US, or the
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Simply amazing
Great tour with an amazing guide. Definitely worth booking the tour. 100% would recommend it to any first time visi
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  • Duration: 8h
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