Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Tour

This stunning geothermal park amazes visitors with its diversity in colour ranging from bright orange to emerald greens. The park’s landscape is scattered with a huge variety of thermal activity; steaming lakes, bubbling mud and other fascinating terrain.

Wai-O-Tapu Tour Itinerary

From your cruise ship you will join Scott Tours for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand most interesting destinations.

Enroute while we travel to Rotorua passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries and exports and a quick stop at the impressive Okere falls.

On the outskirts of Rotorua you’ll pass through a Redwood Forest, a tree not indigenous to New Zealand, but provides an interesting point of interest to discover why they were planted there. Time permitting we will also pass by some of Rotorua city iconic sights; the government gardens, Rachel’s pool (212 Degrees), the historic bath house and a lake front drive.

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Then it is time to spend some time at this tour’s key attraction; Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland….


During the Wai-O-Tapu day tour, our guests are given the freedom to explore the park themselves. With well defined tracks and a series of different walks tracks you can choose which of the park’s features you want to see.

One not-to-miss highlight of the Wai-O-Tapu guided day tour is the “Mud Pool”. This feature was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920′s. It now provides an opportunity to experience the captivating noise of bubbling mud.

Walk through this wonderland via clearly defined tracks and enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

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Tour duration

Tour duration 6 to 7 hours.

Tour departure points

Pick ups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.

Tour Price

Join one of our group tours or book an exclusive tour (minimum 2 people) where you have your own private vehicle and guide for the day. We are able to take up to eleven people per vehicle. Your Tour Guide/Driver Geoff has an extensive knowledge and experience of New Zealand.

NZ$ 200 per Adult 2 adults Pre-booked (Private tour).
NZ$ 160 per Adult 3 adults or more Pre-booked (one booking request).
NZ$ 130 per Child under 14 years Pre-booked per child.
NZ$ 120 per hour | Group/Private Charter Minimum tour duration 5 hours.
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