Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Hear insightful commentary from the guide
  • Get great photo ops of the Rotorua lakes
  • Ride in an authentic amphibious vehicle from WWII
  • Duck boat cruise ticket included

What's Included

  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1241 Fenton Street
    1241 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Start time

03:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We have tours available with translation sheets in Chinese, French and English
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 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.

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An informative and enjoyable experience
William_K, Feb 2023
Enjoyed the experience of riding in the DWK as well as the beauty and interest of the lakes and scenery. A very informed and amusing driver commentator
He hikoi tuturu!
Matiu_C, Feb 2023
For us the humor of the guide coupled with his depth of knowledge of volcanism in NZ. He also used the sound system aboard his vehicle to highlight an intention or reinforce or attitude. His knowledge included the fauna and flora of the three lakes we visited as well as the Maori history of early tourism and specifically the Tarawera eruption. A trip well worth it and a task done superbly.
Duck Cruise
Deborah_J, Mar 2019
The Duck Cruise was fun. The driver was friendly and his commentary re the lakes was informative and entertaining. The lakes we visited are beautiful.
Great trip a little chilly so don't...
Krystelle_N, Dec 2017
Great trip a little chilly so don't forget a jacket.