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Rotorua Tours & Trips
The most popular Rotorua tours take you into an often-unfamiliar setting. One that can thrill, challenge and yes, sometimes even scare you.
You can tour Rotorua on foot, in the air, by water, or roads. There's the paddle boat or water taxi, helicopters or planes, buses, shuttles and more. Cruise excursions? Yes, we have those options too.
Then there are the day trips out of Rotorua. So much fun.
Whether you want to see absolutely everything in one day or to take more time with an extended visit, this selection of tours in Rotorua is to help you make the most of your visit.
And don't worry if you don't see a particular tour you know of. It's a slow process writing these pages.
Cruise Excursion Tours - Tauranga to Rotorua Return
Includes The Rotorua City Hop On Hop Off Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers
Many cruise ship passengers pop over to Rotorua when anchored at the Port of Tauranga.
A couple of options to help you manage this as a day excursion include tours and a Hop On Hop Off Tour. What follows is a small selection of tour companies hand-picked for the level of service provided.
Popping in for one day only? To save you some time, I've put together a few tour packages that capture the essence of Rotorua.
Numerous tours in Rotorua vist Te Puia
Expect to feel insignificant when you feel the earth shaking under your feet, or centered when visiting our lakes. There's laugh out loud amusement at the farm show, and trepidation at the cultural shows. That's without everything else.
All this sensory overload means you're going to be worn out by the end of the day.
The popular Lake Tarawera Water Taxi provides transportation for
Tarawera Trail walkers and Hot Water Beach campers, but that's not all
Eco Tours are an additional sideline with a
number of sought-after tour options sure to delight visitors. How would you like to bathe in a hot pool in a bush setting? Or visit the gorgeous Tarawera Falls? These guys make it easy.
Rotorua Duck Tours are a fun way to delve into Rotorua's history, learn
about the WWII amphibious 'duck' craft and ride the roads and the lakes
- in the same said craft. You can make people smile too, if not laugh
right out loud, by blowing on a silly duck quacker as you pass by. These Rotorua Tours are hard to beat.
With Kia Ora Guided City Walks I bet you'll ‘feel’ the people of
Rotorua. Go on one and see if you agree. Josie or Gay will take you
through landmark sites that include the Government Gardens, Pukeroa
Hill, the village of Ohinemutu and our Lakefront. Probably a lot of
locals don't know half of what you're going to learn about on this 2hr
If you want to experience Rotorua in a totally different way or do
something you wouldn't ordinarily, try Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP).
Newbie? No worries, you'll be well looked after. A variety of Rotorua tours are on
offer that can incorporate, amongst other things, sparkling crystal clear spring water, hot pools and a native bush walk.
Have fun and find out why alpaca appeal to so many on this 60-90min personalised tour of a working farm. Lead and hand feed an alpaca, check out the cria (babies) that you might get to hold or see born, and learn about the alpaca industry. It's fascinating.
Mamaku Blue winery and orchard is a blueberry and gooseberry lover’s
paradise. Food, gifts, tours, a museum, wine and liqueurs. Learn about
Mamaku Blue's history and also the history of the area. See what goes
into making the wine and finish off with tastings. Yum.
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