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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua

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Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.85
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Hobbiton Day Tour from Rotorua with lunch at Hobbiton

Hobbiton Day Tour from Rotorua with lunch at Hobbiton

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Setting out from Rotorua, your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour starts with a scenic drive across to Matamata where your local driver guide will provide informative commentary and share stories about the region and its history. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and learn how this picturesque farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, the Mill, and many other structures from the movies. Then enjoy a tasty lunch at The Green DragonInn before making your way back to Rotorua.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.13
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting

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Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

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See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua

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This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves

Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves

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Embark on a one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland, the first stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set, the world-famous film location. See Hobbit Holes, stroll through the lush gardens and learn how this private farm became Middle-earth on a private tour. The next stop is Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a boat tour through Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean marvel. Travel through the Mamaku Ranges and the rural farmlands of Waikato en route to Auckland, admiring highlights such as Fitzgerald Glade.
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  • 11 hours 15 minutes
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas

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Treat yourself to a therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa package at Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Located in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal zones, Hells Gate features mud bath treatments that leave your body rejuvenated and skin smooth. You also have the option to cool off with a dip in waterfall pools after your treatment.
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  • 1 hour
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Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua

Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua

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Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient native forest like never before on this incredible must-do adventure – Voted TripAdvisor’s #11 Adventure Experience in the world! You'll soar across 1200m of ziplines, experience New Zealand’s one and only cliff walk 50m above the forest floor, incredible swing bridges, controlled descent and an impressive 400m long tandem zipline so you can share the experience of our longest zipline together!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland

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Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert

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Discover many of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this 6-hour private shore excursion to Rotorua from Tauranga Port. Sample kiwifruit and local wines at the Kiwi 360 Center, and admire the sandy beaches of Mt Maunganui with your guide. Travel past dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland to Okere Falls. Immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua, and marvel at mighty geothermal activity at Whakarewarewa or Te Puia. See famous sites such as the Government Gardens, Blue Baths and Rotorua Museum before returning to your ship.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

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As the sun sets over the Bay of Plenty, take a kayak into the hidden glow worm caves around the Rotorua Caves on this remarkable after-dark tour. Instead of trying to find your own way out to the caves, take a kayak across the lakes with a guide by your side who can help you navigate the tunnels and keep you on course. Marvel at the clusters of glowing bugs and the way they light up these underground rock formations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience

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Experience the majesty of Mt Tarawera and gain insight into New Zealand’s rich geology on this 4-hour hike from Rotorua. Travel by off-road 4x4 vehicle into the North Island wilderness with a guide. Follow winding hiking trails from the base of Mt Tarawera up to the crater’s edge, and learn all about the mighty volcano’s 1886 eruption. From your vantage point near the crater, admire panoramic views over the geothermal valley of Waimangu. This exciting hiking tour is suited to adventurers of all ages.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour
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Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour

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Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

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Set off from Rotorua and travel north through lush farmland to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set. Take a guided tour and discover how this working farm was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. Sit down to a tasty lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, then make your way back to Rotorua and visit TePuia, one of New Zealand’s top cultural venues. Receive a traditional welcome and discover TePuia's history and lineage with a personalized guided tour. Afterwards, explore Te Puia's geothermal valley, seeing bubbling mud and steaming geysers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide
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Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide

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Explore the Rotorua lakes district and learn about its history on a 2-hour tour duck boat cruise from Rotorua. Travel on land and by water in the amphibious World War II vehicle, visiting four lakes including Lake Tarawera, located at the foot of Mt Tarawera. Hear about the devastating 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera and other aspects of local history on this family-friendly tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour
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Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

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Experience the warmth of our Legacy Guided Tours through New Zealand’s iconic Maori village. Our village guides are direct descendants of the early Māori guides who’s legacy shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. Their insights, knowledge and legendary hospitality (manaakitanga) adds depth and richness to the experience you’ll have at Whakarewarewa.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

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Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a short, guided exploration of the volcanic terrain on foot. View the geothermal landscape of crater lakes and domes from the air, then get up close to the volcanic scenery as you learn about its geologic history from your guide. Soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

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Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt. Tarawera on seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Hell's Gate Experience

The Hell's Gate Experience

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Learn more about Rotorua’s culture and natural history when you visit the Hell’s Gate geothermal park. Simplify your visit by pre-purchasing your entry ticket. Take advantage of the included guided tours, which includes a self-guided option if you’d prefer to go at your own pace. Try Maori carving in the carving house and soak in the geothermal waters, if you like.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure

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Challenge yourself against the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall and enjoy outdoor adventure in New Zealand on this 3.5-hour Kaituna white-water rafting adventure from Rotorua. Hop into your raft in the Kahikitea Forest and take to the waves with a guide. During your tour, navigate steep canyons through native forest, and test your nerve over 14 challenging rapids. Splash, paddle and roll through New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and make the most of this North Island outdoor adventure. A full briefing and all safety equipment are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

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Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on this self-guided Waimangu hiking tour. Follow winding hiking trails through Waimangu — the world’s youngest geothermal system — and marvel at the scenery you find. Admire unique geothermal features including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana, and enjoy breathtaking views over hot springs and steam vents throughout the forest and grasslands. Along the way, gain insight into the geothermal activity from your guide sheet and watch for the native plant and animal life for which Waimangu is famous. Enjoy a much needed rest and take advantage of the shuttle bus to return you to the start at the end of your hike.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
"Great food, good people, entertaining experiences. I loved every minute. I’d definitely recommend it."..."
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Hobbiton Day Tour from Rotorua with lunch at Hobbiton
"We joined the tour because we were not able to get the tickets of the day we desired directly from the Hobbiton web site. The tour is great. I have to say our guide is excellent. She talked about the history on the way to the destination. At the Hobbiton site, she took photos for everyone when these is a chance. I would recommend this tour."..."
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
"Great fun, excellent guide, I felt in very safe hands (and was quite relieved that we didn't flip the raft!). Would definitely recommend"..."
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu
"This tour was wonderful! Our guide Linda was so great and knowledgeable! We visited multiple sites and gained a full understanding of each location through our wonderful guide. Thank you for the great experience!"..."
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
"What a experience! Ziplining was so cool and fun! Guides were amazing and they made me feel safe during the whole adventure up in the trees. It was also interesting to hear about conservation work. It is important work. This adventure is definately worth to do! Thank you Canopy Tour Rotorua"..."
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Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves
"Everything ran on time. The caves are busy (because they always are), but really cool to see. Driver provided interesting commentary."..."
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
"Lovely friendly family space - staff extremely helpful. Facilities clean & well managed. We all said our skin felt so good when we came out too. Well worth a visit ☺️"..."
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Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua
"the explanation that humans can live with nature without destroying it for us oldies 80+ this was the experience of a life time especally witht the help and knowledge of the tourguides THEY WERE TOPS thanks for a beautifull day"..."
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland
"Grant greeted us right on time. He gave us granola bars and water (much appreciated). Later in the afternoon, he offered us snacks. He was very helpful, caring, and informative. The tour was beyond expectations. The visit to the Māori center was fabulous glimpse into the culture, art and life of the indigenous people."..."
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Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert
"they picked us from the cruise ship we had party of 4 people. We toured Tauranga city before heading south to Rotorua, We visited the Geyser , mudpools and cultural center with local show. we also enjoyed lunch by river own expense and Polynesian spa which i highly recommend"..."
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Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour
"This was a terrific activity! I went with my 8 year old son and he had a great time. The lake was beautiful and it wasn’t too difficult for him to keep up. The glow worms were amazing and we got to tour multiple caves. Highly recommend!"..."
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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour
"An awesome experience…loved the whole thing, learned lots and the driver was highly educational and entertaining."..."
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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience
"Great guides, excellent stories about the area. Great encouragement when needing the extra assistance."..."
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
"One of the must dos in Rotorua! The tour by Stephen was fun, eye opening and definitely one of the highlights of my New Zealand trip! The night ended with star gazing and hot chocolate making me all warm and fuzzy inside :D Highly recommend that you sign up for this tour if you’re in Rotorua!"..."
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Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour
"Awesome tour! We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this experience. Moderate level of physical exertion required."..."
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Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
"Fun, great experience good customer service c and very friendly staff members me and partner and will go again"..."
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Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton
"This was a great tour. The people were knowledgable and very helpfull. As expected we saw a lot and were on and off the bus. the ability to return for a second look on the same pass was good. Definatly a great way to see everything."..."
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Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour
"Great informative tour which included free sweetcorn! We booked a 10:15am tour which resulted in seeing the cultural performance as well (but I’m not sure if this was actually included in our ticket!). Got to see the 2 geysers which was cool."..."
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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
"Very friendly staff, stunning views and interesting info given by the crew. Well worth the price! Highly recommend!"..."
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua
"This was a blast!! We caught an Uber out to Rotura from our cruise ship to get to this adventure. They have a helicopter and a seaplane. The seaplane was great fun taking off from the lake. The lake is filled with black swans. Beautiful. Great scenery from the plane!! Over an old volcano. Wish it would go over the thermal fields."..."
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The Hell's Gate Experience
"This was an unreal experience! The geothermal activity was amazing to see up close and their were gorgeous trails along waterfalls. Words and pictures can’t do justice to how amazing it is in person. The carving was really cool and finishing with a mud bath was fantastic. I was with my 8 year old son and he had a blast!"..."
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure
"We enjoyed rafting with this company. My first time rafting, felt well prepared in both techniques and equipment. Ben was a great guide!"..."
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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
"The valley offered one of the most spectacular and memorable walks we've taken. The paper guide for the walk was very informative. Our lake cruise was excellent with descriptions given by the skipper. Café staff were helpful. Sandwiches were tasty and the coffee was good."..."
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