Guided tour

Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

4.7 / 5

55 reviews

Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

From US$ 112.55 per person

Join a small group tour to visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley from central Rotorua. Discover the area’s hot springs, erupting geysers, mud pools, volcanoes and lush native forest.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Marvel at Rotorua's incredible geothermal sights like the stunning Lady Knox Geyser
  • Make the most of your morning with a half-day tour
  • Enjoy a more personal experience on a small group tour with a maximum of 11 guests
Full description
Discover Rotorua’s most popular geothermal parks: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Join a small-group morning tour capped at 11 guests for a personal experience led by a knowledgeable guide. You will be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation between 8:05 AM and 8:30 AM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive through forestry and farmland before arriving at New Zealand's largest boiling mud pools. At Wai-O-Tapu you will follow a flat, well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters. Listen to a short presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption at 10:15 AM.   Your next stop will be the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular bush-covered geothermal park. Pause at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM before being dropped back to your accommodation between 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transport
  • Driver/guide
  • Small group tour
  • Live commentary
  • Wai-O-Tapu admission fee and Lady Knox Geyser
  • Waimangu Thermal Valley admission fee
  • Lunch
  • Other food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • A medium level of fitness is required for this activity as you will be walking around the geothermal parks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 55 reviews

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What a wondrous experience! Nature is such a gift & the geothermal area in Rotorua is a shining example of that fact. Speaking of special gifts- our guide Kate was superb- her knowledge was extraordinary, she is a real fire-cracker & her true love for the natural wonders she presented to us truly shined through her spirit! Thank you Kate & thank you Rotorua!!

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December 28, 2019

Our guide was amazing. She told us so many nice stories about Rotorua and New Zealand during our trip and also had very good knowledge of the two sights we visited. I really liked what we visited, so together with the wonderful guide it was definitely a nice experience that we recommend.

December 20, 2019

The tour was fabulous and the guide excellent. What wasn’t great was your pick up information - between 7.40 and 8 am. Be ready 5 minutes early. I phoned the company at 8am to be told your information was incorrect. Pick up between 8am and 8.30am. The bus arrived at 8.25 - I had been standing outside in the cold and drizzling rain for an hour! Does that make a happy customer? Elite Adventures made me believe this was not the first time the information was incorrect. Up till now, I could not fault Get Your Guide!

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November 15, 2019

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