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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour including Wai-O-Tapu from Auckland


Experience the world-famous geothermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu on this fully guided tour. One of the most surreal places on earth, there is no better way to see the true beauty and power of nature.


  • Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
  • Champagne Lake & Devils Bath
  • Rotorua City Highlights
  • Waikato Farm Region
On this small group, fully-guided day trip we will not only guide you to and from Wai-O-Tapu but fully guide you through the park to ensure you get a full experience, unlike many other tours. 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. While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it’s our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.


  • Auckland - Your tour starts in New Zealand’s largest city. As we drive out of the city your guide will set the scene for your adventure and point out and guide you past some of the city’s top highlights.
  • Waikato – We travel south through the stunning Waikato countryside, encountering beautiful scenery, mighty rivers, great photo opportunities, impressive mountains and several farm animals along the way. We will also stop for a quick coffee break at a special location.
  • Tirau – Famously dubbed the 'Corrugated Iron Capital of the World' because of the many unique corrugated iron sculptures and buildings. This town never fails to get a laugh and our guides will point out all the main highlights on the way through.
  • Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland – A fully guided tour of one of the most surreal places on earth, here you will see the famous Champagne Lake, Devil's Bath, local mud-pools, geothermal craters and other geothermal wonders. The colours and activity will take your breath away.
  • Rotorua City Highlights – Next is a guided driving tour seeing the most famous sites in Rotorua city including: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua Museum, Government Gardens, Whangapipiro (Rachel Spring) & the Blue Baths.
  • Auckland – Back to Auckland with a fully guided return trip and secret stops along the way.
Adult $307.00
Child $249.00

What's included

  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry Tickets - Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
  • Bottled Water & Snacks


  • Allow approximately 13 hours for the whole experience


  • Pick up from Central Auckland hotels (specified hotels only)

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Legal Drinking Age Enforced

  • To consume Alcohol you must be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce Government Issued ID to prove your age.


  • The tour must have at least 4 people booked to run. If less than 4 people have booked you will be placed on a waiting list or offered a refund. Cheeky Kiwi Travel does not take responsibility for the weather and we reserve the right to alter the Itinerary or activity if required. No refunds will be given to late or no-show passengers.
  • Child Age is 4 - 14 years. Infants fares are under 4 years old.

Available Bookings from 14 Aug to 20 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$229.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$249.00

  • Adult$229.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$249.00

  • Adult$229.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$249.00

  • Adult$229.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$249.00

  • Adult$243.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$249.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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jessicac4 from Australia wrote on 05 March 2020

Such a fun day adventure!

I booked this day tour as a solo traveller and I was so lucky to get such a great driver (Mike) and group also full of other solo travellers! I originally only booked the Wai-O-Tapu attraction and ended up adding on the Te Puia attraction because there isn't a whole lot else to do in Rotorua (I would recommend seeing both). The drive out to Rotorua was lovely and I loved hearing about NZ history and culture along the way!

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jeant2 from New Zealand wrote on 07 April 2019

Friendly and knowledgeable guide

Our guide Kraig is very knowledgeable and friendly. Small group tour allows our guide to cater more time to the intinary which provides better experience than big tour bus and flexi tour. Will definitely book other tour which cheeckykiwitour

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Mia Jurenka from Germany wrote on 31 March 2019


The tour was really cool, because we had many chances to see the Rotorua lakes. I also liked the people participating at the group and our bus driver was really friendly as well. All in all I really would recommend the tour, but in my opinion we should have spent more time at the lakes and maybe in Rotorua itself. Thank you for the amazing tour!!

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ajaya from India wrote on 24 March 2019

Awesome. Highly recommended

We had many options to choose. All were looking good at varied prices. We came across this tour and decided to go with it. We booked for Saturday 23rd Mar Tour operator asked to shift it to 24th as 23 Rd tour oprtation was not confirmed. We agreed. Our tour guide Richard was good. We had wonderful time. After a short in vehicle tour of Rotorua, we went to Wait O Taupo (an awesome wonderland). Our trip wouldn't be successful without waiotaupo visit.

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Sanjana from New Zealand wrote on 18 January 2019

Awesome experience

My parents and brother were very satisfied with trip. It was their first tour in NZ. Melissa was awesome. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends n family.

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