Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour
from USD $121.98
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. Walk along well-groomed trails that skirt volcanic craters and natural hot pools in a surreal range of vibrant colors. Witness the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and take in the highlights of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Small-group tour limited to a maximum of 12 people allows for a more customized experience with your expert guide.
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In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
5 hours
Important InfoInfo
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

come and see one of the worlds most surreal places, including the colorful champagne pool

Duration: 1 hour

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

see the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser at 10.15am

Duration: 15 minutes

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

recently voted as one of New Zealand's must-see attractions, the Waimangu valley is nature at her best

Duration: 1 hour


  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Entry/Admission - Lady Knox Geyser
  • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley


  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups are made between 8 am and 8.30 am from the Rotorua CBD. The following is a time breakdown. Unfortunately, we do not pick up from any ports as the closest is 60min from Rotorua.

8.05 am (Black Swan, Peppers on the Point, Koura Lodge, Bella Vista, Lake Rotorua hotel)
8.10 am (Novotel, Ibis, Regent, Aura accommodation, Pullman)
8.15 am (Princes Gate, Museum, Quest, YHA)
8.20 am (Sudima, Millennium, Central backpackers, Downtown backpackers)
8.25 am (All Fenton St accommodations)
8.30 am (Holiday Inn)

if your accommodation is not on the list but is in the CBD please contact us directly.

Additional Information

  • 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 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Highly recommend this adventure! Two great stops in the Thermal Valley Rotorua with bubbling mud pools and amazing geysers!
• Submitted 10 Feb 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.
• Submitted 22 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.
• Submitted 22 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.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2020
Trent was a wonderful guide who showed us New Zealand's natural beauty. He's extremely knowledgeable and personable - highly recommend!
• Submitted 20 Dec 2019
Normally I prefer to visit places on my own but this tour was excellent. Small groups (4 people including myself in my case) make it a more personal experience and all of the locations were unforgettable. The guide shared the history of the place with us (which was really fascinating!) as well as some interesting facts about native fauna and flora. The pacing was very nice and relaxing, I didn't feel like we had to rush from one point to another to stay on schedule. Overall it was a lovely your!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
May our guid was amazing. She really knew her stuff and brought the tour to life. You can expect some of the most amazing views
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
I enjoyed my morning. 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! She made it so interesting. Thank you
• Submitted 05 Apr 2019
Great morning spent on this trip! Brian our guide was excellent, this was so much better than we expected, you cannot go to Rotorua and not do this.
• Submitted 18 Jan 2019
This tour was very good for people who enjoy walking tours but your advertisement did not emphasis that it included a 50 minute walking tour on a sloped terrain. If I had known that I would not have registered as I have a heart condition and found the tour difficult.
• Submitted 23 Mar 2018
Driver/tour guide, Linda, was very knowledgeable. This tour involved quite a bit of walking, both up and down hill, so reasonable level of fitness is required. We saw a geyser erupt and saw lots of geothermal pools of varying colours. Was very educational and definitely a highlight whilst in Rotorua!
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
Very interesting and worth it
• Submitted 10 Mar 2018
We had experienced thermal phenomena before, but Rotorua is unique in size--it is very extensive, and it's got it all. Bubbling mud, steam vents, multi-colored mineral earth and a geyser. The geyser eruption if under human control. This is a great outdoor learning adventure for children and for anyone who doesn't realize what lies below terra firma.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
It was a great tour thanks to the wonderful guide Linda. This tour is highly recommend if you are interested in geysers and some walking.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
Really enjoyable tour with a friendly and informative tour guide Linda.
• Submitted 24 Oct 2017
Very informative and fun tour! I got Brian and Linda as our tour guide. Recommended if you want to know more about the history and know more about maori culture.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2017
It's an awesome tour, I, myself have two tour guides with me, and we are all fans of GoT :-p The Eco Thermal Parks are amazing, The are colorful and mysterious. I can learn lots of chemistry knowledge too :-
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
This was a great tour well worth the price. Trent is very personable and extremely knowledgeable. The tour itself is fascinating as we had never seen any kind of geothermal or volcano related stuff before. Cheers
• Submitted 17 Apr 2017
Really interesting tour. Great guy Trent, the guide and driver.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2017
Took this tour with Trent. What an awesome tour. Trent was extremely knowledgeable...fully versed in the geothermal sciences behind the wonders of nature we witnessed on the tour. He was witty, patient and very informative. Being a native of Rotorua added to his narrative based on first hand experiences over many years. Couldn't give this one a higher rating...if I could I would.
• Submitted 30 Mar 2017
Best tour that we have been on guide was great
• Submitted 17 Mar 2017
This was a great, perfect tour. The park is so beautiful and the guide was so kind and informative.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2017
Great locations, very welcoming friendly guide, lots of info related to Maori customs and the Rotorua area. Excellent.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2017
The small group tour was amazing! Trent was personable and knowledgeable as our expert guide. We got our money's worth with this experience!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2017

In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
5 hours

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