Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland

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Rotorua including Te Puia Tour from Auckland in Small Groups
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From US$174.61

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • All entrance fees included to Te Puia and Rotorua attractions
  • Bottled water and snacks provided on the journey
  • Small-group tour limited to just 15 people or fewer
  • Learn about the cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the area through guided commentary

What's Included

  • Small Group and Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry Tickets
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). If you haven’t yet booked your hotel – please choose SkyCity Hotel as this is our central meeting point. If you want to change your pick up, please feel free to contact us. Swiss Belsuites Victoria Park 05:40 AM Park Hyatt 05’:40 AM Sofitel Viaduct Harbour 05:40 AM M Social 05:45 AM Hilton Hotel 05:40 AM Movenpick 05: 45 AM Adina Apartment Hotel 05:45 AM Copthorne Auckland City 05:45 AM Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments 05:45 AM Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences 05:45 AM Pullman Auckland 05:45 AM SO/Auckland 05:45 AM Queen Street Backpackers 05:45 AM JW Marriott Auckland City 05:50 AM Heritage Auckland 05:50 AM Ibis Budget Auckland Central (Pick up also for CityLife, Barclay Suites, Holiday Inn Express) 05:50 AM Crowne Plaza 05:55 AM Rydges Hotel 05:55 AM The Grand By SkyCity 05:55 AM SkyCity Hotel 05:55 AM Four Points by Sheraton 05:55 AM Grand Millennium Auckland 06:00 AM Airedale Boutique Suites 05:55 AM Kiwi International Hotel 06:00 AM VR Auckland City, 188 Hobson Street 06:00 AM YMCA Auckland 05:55 AM Cordis Auckland 06:05 AM Haka Lodge 06:05 AM Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive 06:20 AM If you haven’t yet booked your hotel – please choose SkyCity Hotel as this is our central meeting point. If you want to change your pick up, please feel free to contact us. Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

What To Expect

Auckland Central (Pass By)

Waikato Region (Pass By)


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Te Puia

2 hours Admission Ticket Included


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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 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.

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An Experience Worth Doing
Angus_Y, Sept 2023
Our guide and driver, Grant, was fantastic. He was very helpful and got us to Te Puia on time. Te Puia was a fantastic experience that is well worth the money. The Hangi was delicious, and the cultural show was a great experience. Highly recommend.
Caring and experienced...
muhammad_z, Jul 2023
Caring and experienced guide, MR. Grant was amazing. Enjoyed Geysers, lake Rotorua and cultural show. Learned about Kiwi birds and conservation strategies.
Great Day with the Māori
Ashley_S, Jul 2023
This was by far the coolest experience! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful! We were picked up right from our hotel and then headed off on our day. We stopped about an hour and a half in for some coffee and snacks. When we arrived, we dropped others off at the spa before heading into Te Puia. In Te Puia, we had almost an hour to explore on our own before seeing the Māori show. Following the Māori show, we then went to the hangi lunch. This was a delicious all you can eat buffet! After lunch, we had about another hour to explore. We spent this time in the gift shop because we knew we wouldn’t have time later. Then we met for our walking tour. We saw three Kiwi birds, only wish we could have taken a picture of them! Then we walked down to the geysers and even saw the biggest one erupt!
BUSY day but a great introduction to the Maori culture and area
Laura_L, May 2023
The tour of the Maori schools, the kiwi house, the geyser, lunch and the Maori performance were all great. You do have to realize that you will be in a van for about 2.5 hours total each way so it is a long day. Our tour guide Cam was great. He got everyone to where they wanted to go. Some enjoyed the Spa which I would try next time but the lunch/performance option was quite nice as well.
Robert_G, Apr 2023
The art school. The cultural experience was cancelled and no reason was given as to why. The driver was knowledgeable but seemed more focused on his accounting expertise.
Wonderful tour
Angela_M, Apr 2023
Wonderful tour. Grant, our driver, was very knowledgeable and keen about safety. There were 16 ppl in out group with different plans for the day, and Grant managed it all perfectly. I chose to go to Te Puia and take the rest of the day free at the charming town of Rotorua. I love it.
Great Day Out
Peter_A, Mar 2023
Great trip, great show, transportation was first class, Simon was a great host & really helpful, he gave great commentary of various points of interest. Briefings and timings were given clearly, which made the whole experience seamless.
Great time
Jim_V, Feb 2023
The geiser and mud pools were very interesting. The Mauro show was very informative and the brunch was great
Don’t miss this one!
Nadne_L, Jan 2023
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.
Yum and fun.
Barbara_B, Dec 2022
Great cultural show/ concert. Seeing the geysers was fun. They had 3 kiwi birds in their kiwi house that were easy to see. Hangi lunch buffet was fabulous.
Amazing cultural experience at Maori center
Paula_G, Dec 2022
I highly recommend this trip as a learning adventure and cultural enrichment trip. However, do not over plan, as there is just enough time to enjoy the entirety of the center without rushing. The hangy buffet was wonderful and worth the extra cost. We watched the geysers erupt for 30+ minutes as we dined and enjoyed the gorgeous veranda. The drive is long but Michael our driver and guide made it interesting and fun. He is amazing!
Unique experiences
Carrie_B, Sept 2022
Loved the Maori school in session for wood carving and weaving at Te Puia. Waitamo Caves is a great combined experience in caves and biolumminesent creatures. Excellent guide and experience overall.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thanks for joining us on tour! We hope to see you again soon.

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