Explore The Lakes Tour

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Morning Lakes Tour

From US$73.12

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Travel in comfort: an air conditioned minivan gets you around the region
  • Get out of town: see some further away highlights in the Rotorua region
  • Convenience: leave from central Rotorua, or get picked up from your hotel
  • Great views: get up higher to see Mt. Tarawera and the Blue and Green Lakes

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Rotorua Central only.
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1167 Fenton Street
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    Outside the information center/ i-site. Silver Ford Transit mini van with Real Rotorua signage on it.

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Lake Rotorua (Pass By)

Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Lake Rotoiti (Pass By)

Okere Falls

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Redwoods Treewalk (Pass By)

Blue Lake Track

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lake Rotokakahi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lake Tarawera

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A maximum of 11 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
Operated by Real Rotorua

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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47 reviews
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Fabulous tour
Sandra_P, Sept 2023
We had a wonderful tour with Stephen. He picked us up at our hotel and took us on a very informative journey through forests and past beautiful lakes. Stephen shared his love and knowledge of these beautiful areas. He pointed out and explained about the fauna and even showed us glow worm traps. Highly recommend this tour
Beautiful nature tour everyone should experience
Mira_A, Apr 2023
This tour is very reasonably priced compared to other tours in the area. You get a lot for not that much money. There was three of us in the tour so it was nice and private. Stephen took us to beautiful places and was very knowledgeable about lakes, birds and nature in general. We saw lakes and streams and visited very peaceful places where there weren't many other people around. We would never have even known about those places without this tour.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thanks for joining me and for taking the time to share your experience. Small groups is what I am about and avoiding crowds is my specialty. Rotorua has lots of awesome nature , nice to be able to share it with you. All the best cheers Stephen
An excellent overview of the nature and history of the area
Derek_M, Nov 2022
Stephen knows his subject well. He met us ahead of time at our camp site out of his way and proceeded to show us areas we would never have access to. He was able to explain the way the islands were formed and the spring water sources to create the rivers and streams. It was a fascinating insight to nature and were in awe of the redwood trees. Stephen showed us the glow worms in the day near paths where we would never have looked and took photos of the delicate, enticing sticky stuff to attract the bugs. He provided hot chocolate and cookies during a break in the tour. He had thought of everything and is to be commended and thanked. You will not be disappointed if you choose to use Stephen's services!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks Derek, It was a real pleasure showing you guys around the lakes. Awesome to receive such positive feedback. All the best for your future adventures together. Cheers Stephen
Around The Lakes Tour
John_P, Aug 2019
I’m very pleased to recommend the Lakes Tour. I’ve been to Rotorua a few times before and visited all the usual tourist attractions close to and around town. This time, I decided to take a tour around the lakes to sites not usually frequented by tourists (and even some locals). We visited lots of spectacular sites. Stephen was a great host and guide; he was punctual, the minibus was clean and tidy, and he drove safely. Stephen provided us extensive commentaries covering science, geography and history for all the sites. This tour is not just about showcasing spectacular views; you’ll be enriched by the back-stories that go with them.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Thanks for taking the time to review my tour. I am really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the experience. As you saw Rotorua is a lot more than bubbling mud . Great meeting you guys and thanks for sharing your story with me. All the best. Cheers Stephen

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