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The Rotorua area boasts dozens of lakes, but Lake Rotorua is larger, deeper, and older than its neighbors. Geologists believe that Rotorua, the second-largest lake on the North Island, dates back more than 200,000 years, while most of the region’s other waterways were created by the Tarawera eruption of 1886.

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Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua

Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua

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Blast around Lake Rotorua on a jet boat tour! An expert driver spins you around on an adrenaline-infused adventure and delivers you at top-speed to all of the iconic landmarks. Experience 30 action-packed minutes of family-friendly fun as you hear live narration on the history of the area. Select from multiple departure times; spray jackets included.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.37
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US$56.37

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour
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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

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Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.37
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Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua

Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua

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Explore the New Zealand countryside on horseback on this 1-hour horse trekking tour from Rotorua. Climb onto your horse and head into the foothills of Mt Ngongotaha with a guide. Follow winding trails over working farmland and through native bush, and admire beautiful views over Lake Rotorua. Stop along the way to capture the views on camera, then descend back through the green paddocks to base. This horse trek is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike, with horses and ponies to match all riding abilities.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.74
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Off-Road 4WD Buggy Adventure from Rotorua

Off-Road 4WD Buggy Adventure from Rotorua

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Ride along dirt tracks and trails on a 30-minute or 1-hour 4WD adventure in Rotorua, and experience New Zealand off-roading. You’ll explore rolling farmland and scenic native forests with an professional guide who will drive you to a viewpoint overlooking Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. This small-group 4WD tour is limited to five participants per buggy.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.65
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US$65.65

Explore The Lakes Tour
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Explore The Lakes Tour

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Rotorua’s volcanic history has created a landscape of lakes. See some of the most spectacular ones on this half day tour, traveling in a small group with a knowledgeable guide. Exercise your legs with a bushwalk, watch springs bubble, and learn about the natural processes which have shaped this land of fire and water.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$78.92
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

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Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.68
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$178.39
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Take in two of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this Rotorua and Waitomo Caves day trip from Auckland. Visit Rotorua with a guide and take in key sites including Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. After lunch, admire fine views over Lake Rotorua on route to the famous Waitomo Caves. During your boat ride, gain insight into the caves’ geological significance and marvel at the luminescent glow worms illuminating the dark caves. Upgrade to include the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to your small-group tour.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$288.47
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Katoa Jet Boat & Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools

Katoa Jet Boat & Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools

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Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of high-speed turns and spins during a 45-minute jet boat ride across Lake Rotorua. Then, to help you recover from the exhilaration of jet boating, follow up with a relaxing soak at Manupirua Thermal Springs, a stunning boat-accessible location at the edge of Lake Rotoiti. Soothe your nerves with a soak in six mineral hot pools then cool off in the lake.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Tour Hobbiton + Rotorua from Auckland in Luxury Minibus

Day Tour Hobbiton + Rotorua from Auckland in Luxury Minibus

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Explore the Shire and Middle-Earth on this full-day Hobbiton and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through Waikato with a guide and admire panoramic views over the Hauraki Plains. Enjoy a guided tour of Hobbiton — made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Learn how the set was created, and discover sites you love including the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the Mill. After lunch in Te Puia, head into the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley where shooting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs await.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$261.95
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Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour Whakarewarewa 6.5hours Tour

Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour Whakarewarewa 6.5hours Tour

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Visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion including a Hangi Lunch. Tour with a local Maori guide and learn about how the villagers have adapted to the harsh geothermal environment. You tour will also include visits to the famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a group size up to 18. Please note that the ticket sent to you by Viator/TripAdvisor will show the standard tour departure time. As the ships arrival time in port varies so much, we adjust the start and end times each day to suit the ships time in port. When your booking is accepted by us, we will confirm the true start time for the day, which overrides the time printed on your voucher. We use the correct times for the ship which we take from the Port of Tauranga web site and details provided to us by the ships booking agent as we also provide some of the official tours to the ship, so trust us.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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White-Water Sledging Adventure
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White-Water Sledging Adventure

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Take a scenic excursion through the New Zealand wilderness on this 3-hour white-water sledging adventure from Rotorua. Listen as a guide explains the challenges ahead, then — with your helmet and life vest clipped on — take to the Okere River on your floating sledge. Twist and turn through swirling river rapids, float gracefully along relaxing flats, and admire views over the mighty Kahikatea Forest. This family-friendly tour is suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages and skill levels.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Small Group Tour (One Way)
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Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Small Group Tour (One Way)

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Make the most of the journey from Auckland to Rotorua by visiting one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions along the way—the Hobbiton Movie Set. Relive memorable moments from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films on a guided tour of Hobbiton, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) at the Shire’s Rest Café, then continue to Rotorua, where you’ll be given an introductory tour of the city before being dropped at your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options -
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options -

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This small-group day trip from Auckland features the highlights and hospitality of Rotorua. Visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute of Te Puia, witness the thermal activity of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, and tour the city with a knowledgeable guide. Opt for additional free time to explore on your own, or upgrade for a private soak at the Polynesian Spa, a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, or a Maori concert. You have the flexibility to return to Auckland or end with drop-off in Rotorua.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$330.91
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Thermal Path Tour
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Thermal Path Tour

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Rotorua is known for its hot springs and geothermal activity, but without local knowledge, it can be tricky to know the best off the beaten path mud pools and thermal springs to visit. This small-group guided tour is the perfect solution. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan, and visit a selection of outdoor thermal sites—such as Te Manaroa Spring, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and Waiotapu Mud Pool.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, head out for a full-day tour of Mt. Maunganui and Rotorua. In Rotorua, learn about Maori culture, and see geothermal hot pools and the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa—The Living Maori Village. Sample New Zealand specialties such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit, and spend time checking out highlights including Lake Rotorua and Government Gardens.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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Private Tour Rotorua Shore Excursion up to 8 Passengers

Private Tour Rotorua Shore Excursion up to 8 Passengers

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Make the most of a short time in Tauranga and Rotorua on a private shore excursion for up to eight people. Travelers with a range of interests will enjoy this varied itinerary, which can be customized to suit your needs. Visit beautiful beaches, sample local kiwifruit, stroll through shady redwood forests, and be amazed at Rotorua’s geothermal attractions. A mix of cultural and natural attractions are offered.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Quest for the Lost Companion - A Rotorua Adventure

The Quest for the Lost Companion - A Rotorua Adventure

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See the sights of Rotorua while having fun with your family or friends on this fun outdoor scavenger hunt activity. You’ll be given a series of clues that you’ll need to follow and solve before moving on to the next. Explore the gardens, the lakeside and more along the way. Use your problem-solving skills and teamwork to solve the mystery.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$722.84
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Private 3 Days Tour From Auckland: Hobbiton, Hamilton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves

Private 3 Days Tour From Auckland: Hobbiton, Hamilton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves

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Travelers who want to see a lot in a short time will love this three-day tour of some of the North Island's highlights. Starting in Auckland you'll travel south to the whimsical Hobbiton film set, the cultural and geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the dazzling glow worm caves of Waitomo, and more. As this is a private tour you can customize the itinerary to suit your interests and needs.
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  • 3 days
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US$2,586.30
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23-Day Epic New Zealand Tour

23-Day Epic New Zealand Tour

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Experience the best of both the North and South Islands on this comprehensive 23-day tour of New Zealand. From the Bay of Islands in the north to Queenstown in the south, and many places in between, you’ll see and do the best New Zealand has to offer. Relax on golden-sand beaches, touch glaciers, and experience the city life of Wellington. This tour is an easy way to fit a lot into just over three weeks.
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  • 23 days
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US$3,315.11
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Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

Private Luxury Tour Anywhere in NZ - Choose any number of days & destinations

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Design your perfect New Zealand trip and feel like a VIP with every detail taken care of on this custom-made tour. Where you go and what you do is completely up to you, so you could visit the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the North Island; discover Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Fox Glacier on the South Island; or tour LOTR sites such as Tongariro and Hobbiton.
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  • 12 days
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

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This convenient day trip visits two of the North Island’s most popular attractions from Auckland in a single day, which would be difficult if traveling independently. The small-group, fully guided mini-bus tour takes you to several natural wonders, such as rivers, natural geothermal pools, and glow-worm caves. Your guide will tell you all about the natural and cultural history, to help you better understand what you’re seeing.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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