Geothermal Highlights Tour

If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.

Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.

Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little village is unique in the World. The ancestors of the families that still live here, moved to this area after the 1886 eruption of nearby Mount Tarawera. Their houses are located in an amazing geothermal field of boiling bubbling pools which they use for cooking, heating and bathing.

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NZ $198

There is a bit of walking to do over well-formed tracks but nothing too difficult. Then it’s onto the ‘Living Maori Village’ set in the geothermal Whakarewarewa valley, with the option to see a cultural show (time permitting).

  • Pick up from the port area
  • Transport in a small air-conditioned mini bus with a full commentary from your professional guide
  • Stop to admire spectacular beaches and volcanoes
  • Hear about New Zealand’s unique ecology created by 80 million years of isolation
  • Pass through kiwi fruit orchards and hear about their economic importance to the region
  • Learn about Maori culture, how they got to New Zealand and who their ancestors were
  • Visit the ‘Geothermal Wonderland’ of Wai-o-Tapu and time permitting, see Lady Knox geyser erupt (at 10:15 every day)
  • Lunch at Wai-o-Tapu (not included)
  • Drive to Rotorua and the Geothermal Village of Whakarewarewa.
  • Have a fully guided tour of the village and see how the local Maori still use the boiling water for cooking, heating and bathing.
  • Time permitting you have the option to enjoy a 30-minute cultural show.
  • After Whakarewarewa, you will have a short guided tour of Rotorua, the lake front, Government Gardens and the old bath house, built after the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera.
  • Drive back to your ship. Relaxing and sitting back as you go through rolling country side, native forest, pine plantations and landscape sculpted by numerous volcanic eruptions.
  • Price includes drive/guide, entry to Wai-o-Tapu and Whakarewarewa, full commentary, pick and drop off at the port, entry to Te Puia, a bottle of mineral water and Wi-Fi on request

Tour length - 7 hours but may vary with your ship's sailing times


Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland and Living Maori Geothermal Village Minimum group size 4, $198 per adult, child 5 to 15, $120, child 4 and under $30.

Group size: Maximum group size is 14, we can run larger tours for private groups, email us for a quote)
Safety: our vehicles have been awarded a 5* safety rating (the maximum) by the New Zealand’s government’s Transport Agency (NZTA) and our drivers are all First Aid trained and attend refresher course every two years.

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