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Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

1. Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

Decide whether to take the guided tour first or do the Geothermal Trails to start. Experience the untouched natural landscapes, steaming lakes, and bubbling hot pools on the Geothermal Trails. Get stunning views of the Geysers and over the village from the top lookouts with great photo opportunities.Learn first hand about the history and traditions of the people who have occupied the village for over 100 years, and how they utilize the Geothermal that the village sits upon to cook and bath in their everyday lives.

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

2. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

Enjoy the magic of Middle Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set and delight in Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Village in Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland. Travel in comfort with a small group and an experienced local guide in a late-model Mercedes or a similarly configured the vehicle to provide extra leg room and space for your comfort.  After the pick-up from your hotel, journey through gorgeous Waikato scenery to Hobbiton. On arrival, set off on an official 2-hour guided tour through the picturesque twelve-acre site. Learn fascinating details of how a beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. At the end of your tour, savor a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Climb back into the vehicle for the 55-minute drive to Rotorua. Arrive at Te Puia Maori Village where you will have a freshly prepared hangi lunch featuring traditional Maori food. With plenty of time to explore, discover the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, and the iconic Kiwi bird. Visit the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Then explore Rotorua, visiting the lakefront and the government gardens, before the return journey to Auckland. You can opt for drop off in Rotorua, just select this option when booking. 

From Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia Full-Day Tour

3. From Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia Full-Day Tour

Get picked up from your Rotorua accommodation between 8AM and 8:30 AM. Commentated scenic drive to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland for 1hr guided walk. See colourful hot springs, boiling mud, volcanic landscapes and experience the daily eruption of Lady Knox Geyser playing at 10:15 AM.   Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley to learn about the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption on a 1hr guided walk. Relax at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour through Rotorua premiere cultural attraction Te Puia. Learn about Maori culture and history visiting the woodcarving school, arts and crafts gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display, kiwi house, and experience the Pohutu Geyser playing. Finish your day with a scenic visit to the pristine and tranquil lakes of this amazing volcanic region. Blue and Green Lakes lookout and views over Lake Tarawera and volcano. Get dropped back to your accommodation between 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Rotorua: Te Puia Geyser Night Walking Tour

4. Rotorua: Te Puia Geyser Night Walking Tour

Experience a mystical tour of Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.  Immerse yourself in Rotorua’s culture with traditional pudding and hot chocolate. Walk beneath the stars as your guide leads you to the dramatic Pōhutu Geyser and sites with bubbling mud and native bush. Discover the secret nature of Te Puia whose nightly magic has only recently been witnessed by tourists. See colorful lights softly illuminating the geysers, adding an extra layer of mysticism that’s only imagined with day tours. Trek through the geothermal valley for a multi-sensory experience of Rotorua’s sounds, colors, and tastes. Indulge in some hot chocolate and pudding steamed in the geothermal pool while you hear stories of the region’s past and feel the beauty of Pōhutu.

Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

5. Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

Your tour begins as you are collected in a comfortable modern mini-bus. From there, travel through the beautiful Waikato countryside - New Zealand's most extensively farmed area. During the trip south, encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, and beautiful mountains, as well as several different farm animals along the way. Following your drive, arrive to the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton. There you can see thousands of sheep, grab something to eat, get a coffee fix, or enjoy an ice cream as your guides arrange your tickets to the movie set. Next, board one of the green Hobbiton buses to depart on a fully guided 2.5-hour tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with an expert Hobbiton Movie set guide who ensures you get the most out of your visit. During your tour, step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 different hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the charming secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and finish your Lord of the Rings experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton Pub, the Green Dragon Inn. After your Lord of the rings experience, travel back through the Alexander Family Sheep Farm before heading south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. Throughout your trip, pass through the unique town of Tirau - the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade, seeing many more stunning landscapes as you head over the Kaimai ranges. Once in Rotorua, travel with your guides as they show you around the historical sites including Lake Rotorua, the Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, the Thermal Springs, and the Polynesian Spa. From there, head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, the Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once in the park, set off for a fully guided tour around the surreal park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. Observe the Pōhutu Geyser (the biggest geyser in the southern hemisphere), Māori Architecture, the National Māori Arts School, geothermal craters, and geothermal events. There's even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house, before you travel back to Auckland with your guide.

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

6. Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

This full-day excursion begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland, and a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with the possibility of stops for photos en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival, you’ll spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next you’ll embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Your tour then continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60-hectare geothermal valley. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the kiwi bird house and viewing enclosure, watch traditional Maori carving and weaving, learn about Maori art and history and take a walk around a model pre-European Maori village and sacred marae. If you like, you can enjoy a meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques, watch a Maori haka performance and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred marae. At the end of the program it will be time to sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Auckland.

From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

7. From Auckland : Waitomo Caves and Rotorua with Te Puia

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Tour, this small group, fully guided day trip combines Nature, Maori culture and two of the top attractions in the North Island together to form the ultimate day trip from Auckland. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety. Highlights: · Waitomo Glowworm Caves · Te Puia Geothermal Park & Pohutu Geyser · Maori Cultural Village and Arts School · Rotorua City Highlights

From Auckland: Te Puia & Polynesian Spa Rotorua Day Tour

8. From Auckland: Te Puia & Polynesian Spa Rotorua Day Tour

Embark on an unforgettable day trip from Auckland to Rotorua, where the wonders of Te Puia Geyser and the relaxation of Polynesian Spa await you. Your journey begins with a scenic drive through New Zealand's picturesque landscapes, setting the stage for a day filled with adventure and tranquility. As you arrive at Te Puia, you'll be greeted by the sight of impressive geothermal activity, with steam rising from the earth and the unmistakable scent of sulfur lingering in the air. Follow your knowledgeable guide as they lead you through this captivating landscape, explaining the significance of each bubbling mud pool and erupting geyser. Marvel at the power of nature as you witness the iconic Pohutu Geyser shoot water high into the sky, a sight that never fails to awe visitors. Learn about the rich Māori culture that thrives in this geothermal wonderland, with opportunities to interact with locals and gain insight into their traditions and way of life. After immersing yourself in the wonders of Te Puia, it's time to unwind and rejuvenate at Polynesian Spa. Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this world-renowned spa offers a sanctuary of relaxation amidst stunning natural beauty. Indulge in the healing properties of the thermal waters as you soak in the warm mineral pools, feeling your cares melt away with each soothing moment. Whether you prefer the alkaline waters for their gentle rejuvenation or the acidic pools for their invigorating effects, you'll emerge from your soak feeling refreshed and revitalized. Take in the serene views of Lake Rotorua and surrounding forests as you enjoy your spa experience, letting the tranquility of the setting envelop you in a sense of peace. After a blissful afternoon of relaxation, experience some of Rotorua's popular highlights before your return journey to Auckland, feeling renewed and invigorated by your unforgettable day in Rotorua.

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(33 reviews)

You get to know the Maori people better - how they lived before and how they're living now, you can ask questions and learn a lot. If you want to understand them better, see the culture, the issues, the everyday life - that's for you! By visiting the Whaka village you directly support the Maori people (while Te Puia is owned by the Crown). Additionally, you can walk around and see many hot water and mud pools, and see the geyser from 2 different lookouts. I recommend going to the top of the hill - do the full walk to the village lookout, it's worth it! Only negative point is that there's not much food around - only in the cafe, where you should pre-order the hangi meal, plus the only gluten-free food is the corn and it was sold out.

The tour provider was excellent and provided friendly service. Although I wish we could have spent just a little more time at Hobbiton, getting to experience Rotarua and the Maroi experience was really enlightening. I also very much appreciated my guide, Daryl's, commentary about the history of New Zealand and his perspective of Maroi culture. I took his advice and used the phrase "Kia Ora" to greet, thank, and say goodbye to people for the rest of the trip. I will never forget how excited one of the servers at the Sky Tower bar was to here some random American thank him with a kia ora. To connect with other people in the world is the reason I travel, and Daryl helped me to do that.

We had a wonderful trip with Daryl. This was the first time we visited New Zealand, with a 7-year old kid, the best choice is to go on a small size tour. Hobbiton is amazing place and also the Rotorua Te Puia geyser, definitely worth to see. Daryl is a great guide, he arranged everything perfectly, we had enough time to explore both places. He dropped us off at Rotorua accommodation, Rotorua is a nice spa city to stay.

great day trip, we saw many locations that I might not have visited by myself, and our guide Linda gave great explanations and answered all of our questions.

Alessandro was a fantastic guide. He was giving great facts and your explanations the whole drive, was funny, and kind. Def a great guide for cheeky kiwi