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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland showcases New Zealand’s geothermal topography at its most dramatic and colorful. Located along the Reporoa Caldera within the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the park’s lava-sculpted landscapes are punctuated by hissing geysers, swirling sulfur lakes, and bubbling mud pools.

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Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Full Day Tour

Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu Full Day Tour

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Be amazed by the variety of geothermal landscapes you experience in a full day of touring two of the Rotorua area’s highlights, Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Learn about the geology and science of the area from your driver-guide, then tour independently at your own pace through the geothermal parks. Admire spurting geysers, volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools, colored terraces, and more.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.47
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Hobbiton & Rotorua including Wai-O-Tapu - Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton & Rotorua including Wai-O-Tapu - Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Visit two of the North Island’s most popular attractions in one day on this small-group tour from Auckland. First, hear behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films on a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. In the afternoon, continue to Rotorua to explore the city and visit the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, where highlights include geysers, volcanic mud pools, sulphur springs, and geothermal craters.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.22
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

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Explore the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu and see Pohutu Geyser blow its top at Whakarewarewa during this full-day private Tauranga shore excursion to the Rotorua region. Witness colorful thermal springs, hissing steam vents and bubbling mud pools as your guide details the area’s geothermal activity, then discover traditional customs at New Zealand's only living Maori village. Port pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.36
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$289.36
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour including Wai-O-Tapu from Auckland
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour including Wai-O-Tapu from Auckland

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Experience the North Island's top destinations in one day on a full-day tour to Wai-O-Tapu and Rotorua from Auckland. Have time to walk at your own pace around Wai-O-Tapu geothermal park, then take in the sights of Rotorua on a coach tour with stops along the way. Includes entrance fees, bottled water and snacks, live commentary from the driver-guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.76
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Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua

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Discover New Zealand’s geothermal hotspots on a day trip from Rotorua to Lake Taupo, stopping to explore one of two remarkable destinations. Select Orakei Korako to see terraced pools of steaming water, or opt for Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s otherworldly colors. Limited to 11 people for more personal service, this day trip includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels, as well as entrance fees at the geothermal site.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.92
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$647.23
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$647.23

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland & Hobbiton Movie Set - Excursion from Auckland

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland & Hobbiton Movie Set - Excursion from Auckland

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Take a 1-day tour from Auckland and visit two of New Zealand’s most famous sites, the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Hobbiton Movie Set. Discover the multi-colored geothermal landscape of Waiotapu and experience the Lady Knox Geyser. Then head to The Shire for a 2-hour guided tour through Tolkien’s mythical land and visit sights such as the Green Dragon Inn, the Hobbit Holes, and Middle-earth on the 12-acre movie set.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.52
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Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

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Small Groups - Maximum 18 travellers per tour. NZ Family Owned since 1971 - Many NZ tour companies are Australian owned. Off the Beaten Track Destinations - where big coaches can't go. Flexibility - Time to add as many (or few) activities around the country as you like. Walking - For those who would like to, there are lots of short walks all over the country, your guides will help you find them. Kiwi Guides - Our guides are all passionate Kiwis who know the country like the back of their hands.
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  • 21 days
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$7,709.85
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Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

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Venture around the North Island in your very own luxury vehicle on this 8-day private tour from Auckland. You’ll visit Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park and Wellington, with sightseeing tours, nature walks, natural hot springs and beach strolls sprinkled into your itinerary, plus plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. Learn about New Zealand wildlife and Maori culture from a knowledgeable private guide who takes you to hot spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation in your choice of 3- to 5-star hotels including breakfast.
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  • 8 days
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$5,392.97
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Amazing New Zealand Itineraries & chauffeur-driven tours

Amazing New Zealand Itineraries & chauffeur-driven tours

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Our tours are personalised to suit your interests and time available, choose from 1 day to 21 days ! You can self-drive or have your own chauffeur-guide. Please contact us with your requirements.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$670.70
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$670.70
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From Tauranga - Wia-O-Tapu Wonderland & Te Puia Geysers - Private Day Tour.

From Tauranga - Wia-O-Tapu Wonderland & Te Puia Geysers - Private Day Tour.

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Two of New Zealand's most spectacular Geothermal Parks. Small Groups, Max 8 people. Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland ... A self-guided tour following demarcated tracks through a stunning variety of volcanic phenomena. You’ll see fantastic naturally colored hot and cold pools, the world-famous Champagne Pool, massive craters and New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool; Wai-O-Tapu was formed over thousands of years of continuous volcanic activity. Te Puia Geysers ... Heartland of Rotorua's geothermal activity & Maori culture. See and experience 'Pohutu' geyser the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere in action rumbling away as it erupts boiling water and steam up to 100 feet. An awesome sight. See & smell boiling mud pools, hot water pools, steam vents, a steaming volcanic landscape.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$771.64
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Get an early start from Auckland to access some of the best sites in the central North Island. Absorb the dark glitter of the Waitomo Caves, the pint-size houses of the set of The Hobbit at 'Hobbiton', and the bubbling geothermal activity of Rotorua and Taupo. Overnight accommodation is sorted for you and the drive goes much quicker with the on board commentary.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$653.93
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Ultimate New Zealand - Hiking New Zealand - 23 Days

Ultimate New Zealand - Hiking New Zealand - 23 Days

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The Ultimate North is the ideal choice for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island, New Zealand, can offer. Hike into a river-side hut in the middle of Jurassic-like rainforest. Explore thermal areas in Rotorua. Trek the high sections of the remote Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk deep in the magical rain forests of Te Urewera. Relax in lodges in beautiful locations. Discover the surreal volcanic wonderland of Tongariro National Park, staying high above the world in an alpine hut. The Ultimate North has short hikes, as well as two overnight hikes staying in backcountry huts.
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  • 23 days
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$4,773.70
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Visit some of the best spots in the upper North Island, in this tour from Auckland. From the glittering Waitomo caves and magical Hobbiton to the spray of Huka Falls, benefiting from an experienced guide, convenient transportation, and inclusive entrance tickets. This tour gets you to great locations swiftly.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$490.45
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$490.45

Thermal Amphibious Experience

Thermal Amphibious Experience

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Experience the spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic park. Marvel at a boiling mud pool and watch a geyser erupt in spectacular fashion at one of New Zealand’s most impressive geothermal wonderlands. Witness at the multi-coloured pools and other dramatic features as you wander along the tracks combining an opportunity to Sit back and Ride, Quack, Laugh, Splash, and discover Rotorua with amphibious Duck Tours, a once in a lifetime unique adventure!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$287.73
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$287.73

Amazing Luxury tours of NZ

Amazing Luxury tours of NZ

This is just an example of a luxury highlights tour of NZ. The itinerary can be customized to suit your time frame and budget. However it is targeted mainly at the luxury 5* market.
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  • 23 days
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$9,808.97
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Waitomo Caves and Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - Private tour
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Waitomo Caves and Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - Private tour

Join us and experience the real New Zealand nature. Visit the most iconic places - surreal Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$489.79
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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Small group 4-5 people.
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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Small group 4-5 people.

Join us and experience the real New Zealand nature. Visit one of the most iconic places - surreal Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$163.48
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$163.48
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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - Private tour
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Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - Private tour

Join us and experience the real New Zealand nature. Visit one of the most iconic places - surreal Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$430.94
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Magical Wanderer Experience

Magical Wanderer Experience

Experience a land where myth and legend come to life, where the earth boils, mud heals, and steam disappears into the clouds above! Named “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" by TripAdvisor, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area. Thousands of years in the making, this stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting through which self-guided walks take between 30 and 75 minutes. The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes huge volcanic craters formed by collapsing ground, steaming vents, sinter terrace formations, coloured hot and cold water springs among which is the world famous Champagne Pool.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.37
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Glorious Valley Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

Glorious Valley Experience - Overnight [2 Day Tour]

Designed to showcase the range of experiences and landscapes on offer in the central north island, we bring to you, one of the country’s most unique natural wonders, the famous Waitomo glow-worm caves, magical walk and geothermal hot springs. Discover the fantastic local landmarks as well as a multitude of picturesque and gorgeous surrounding areas. You’ll be thrilled and amazed by each and every destination on your list. Experience a personal encounter with our people, culture and place at Te Puia geothermal valley and witness “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Thousands of years in the making at Wai-O-Tapu wonderland.
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  • 2 days
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$522.49
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$522.49

Thermal Getaway Experience - Overnight [4 Day Tour]

Thermal Getaway Experience - Overnight [4 Day Tour]

Thermal Getaway hosts unique insight for travellers wanting to experience a fulfilling and enriching journey that will create lasting memories. Uncover under cave wonders, geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Māori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land. A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. Come and discover New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience.
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  • 4 days
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$980.24
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$980.24

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

Immerse yourself with panoramic views of an ancient volcanic resting ground. Experience the trek across a dramatic alpine and volcanic landscapes all with stunning views. Walk the unforgettable Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a World Heritage site, celebrated for both its cultural and spectacular natural significance and at the centre of sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand witnesses the Snow-blanketed winter ski fields thundering Huka Falls, steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs.
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  • 3 days
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$653.28
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland hours of operation: Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm (last admission 3:45pm), Nov - Mar: 8:30am - 6pm (last admission 4:45pm). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.