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Rotorua Eco Thermal Park Small Group Tour

Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Learn about the huge colourful hot springs, erupting geysers and active boiling mud pools, spectacular volcanoes and lush native forest.

Commence a unique half day journey through Rotorua's most natural geothermal parks: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

See volcanoes, geysers, mud pools and hot springs. The two parks offer a variety of thermal activity. At Wai-O-Tapu, the colourful hot springs are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser.

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 eruption that shoots a fountain of water high into the air.

At Waimangu Volcanic Valley your guide explains how the Tarawera Volcano eruption in 1866 formed the park's natural hot springs that glow in bright yellow, orange and turquoise colors.

Your guide also points out examples of how the native bush regenerated after the eruption.

Experience Includes

  • Half-day tour of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the geology of the area
  • Pick-up and drop off from Rotorua hotels

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Refreshments


Daily, year round.

Departure location

This tour picks up from centrally located hotels in Rotorua.

Start times

Between 8.00am and 8.30am.


4.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Dress according to the weather for that day. A comfortable pair of walking shoes and a windproof jacket are recommended.