Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Options - Guaranteed departure

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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  • 13 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


We pick up all customers using several vehicles. You will not be driven around the city from hotel to hotel for hours before we leave Auckland

Rotorua is located in the North Island of New Zealand and is famous for its beauty, culture, hospitable locals, learn about Maori culture,and see the thermal activity. Add Waiotapu, Polynesian Spa or Maori Concert - this is added value - not in place of Te Puia

This tour is flexible, with options to leave from and return to Auckland, or leave from Auckland and finish in Rotorua. If you do not buy additional options you will have free time to either explore on your own without a guide or extra time at Te Puia.

You can book this tour one way and finish in Rotorua or return to Auckland at the end of the day Our largest vehicle seats 15 passengers but for larger groups we can charter a larger vehicle or run multiple vehicles
Guaranteed departure - We do not cancel on the rare occasions we have low numbers. We will travel for one person

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Hemo Rd, Rotorua New Zealand

Located inside Te Puia this centre is where you can see the end product and the local Maori practising + learning the traditional carving, weaving and other traditional arts .

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

Visit the iconic sights of Rotorua including the lake front and weather and time dependent places such as the Redwood forest - town centre - short stops are included

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

See geysers, visit the Kiwi house - explore on own or join a guided tour - A cafe lunch is included while you are at Te Puia

You can add a Maori concert for $15 per person

Duration: 3 hours

  • Cafe Lunch - (vegetarian and gluten free options available)
  • Live commentary on board given by experienced guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and other meeting points by arrangement including private addresses in the central metropolitan area
  • Small-group tour Transport in air-conditioned minibus with luxury leather seating
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia

  • Morning and afternoon tea available at own expense
  • Infant meals not included
  • Gratuities
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years as part of the group - It can be booked as a private tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years - We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles for use of seat and child restraint for the day.
  • Infant meals not included
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years as part of the group - It can be booked as a private tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom Tour price
  • We must know where you are staying in Auckland - We do not have a standard meeting place and go only to prearranged hotels and places to meet people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult - note must be over 2 years old to be on group vehicle
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Hotel or Accomodation information
  • Pickup address
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • If you are feeling unwell, please re-schedule or give us a call.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guaranteed departure - We do not cancel on the rare occasions we have low numbers. We will travel for one person
We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accomodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidised shuttle service for people staying out of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible

We use shuttles to minimise the time between pickup and tour departure - You will not be driven around for hours at the beginning or end of your tour while other people are being picked up or dropped off

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


13 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Stephen P

10 Feb, 2020

I cant praise this day out enough. The pick up was well organised and on time - comfortable small bus and a very nice small group. Daryl the guide was very welcoming and friendly. He is very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of background information. The thermal/cultural site at Rotorua is very well organised and interesting. Daryl provided us with a tour of the city and interesting parts of the surrounding area. This was a long day but well worth it - I am so pleased I went on the trip.

Andrea W

27 Jan, 2020

I had a brilliant day. As I was the only one on the first bus to have only booked the "basic" Auckland-Rotorua-Auckland-tour I got a "private tour" from the first stop in Hobbiton to Te Puia in Rotorua. Guide Will suggested to at least add the Maori dance performance and took care of the booking for me. As we left Hobbiton early that gave me some time to get a glimpse of the Rotorua Museum and Sulphur Point before heading for Te Puia, and I also had enough time in Te Puia for a guided tour, the dance performance, lunch and some extra spare time (in which I fortunately managed to see the geysir errupt). Afterwards Dallas picked me up and having two more hous to spare, he first took me to the Redwoods Treewalk and then to a little park with amongst others a beautiful geothermal lake (visiting that site was for free and the lake was just amazing - I wish I remembered the park's name). Then it was time to go back to Matamata to meet Kelly, who brought me (and another gentleman from the US) back to Auckland. I had assumed to fall asleep on the part of the journey after a packed day, but the three of us had such an interesting chat that the drive back just flew by. As said in the beginning I had a brilliant day - thanks again to the three guys mentioned (and also to the first driver whose name I unfortunately forgot - sorry).


17 Jan, 2020

If you happen to be in Auckland, a trip to Rotorua is a must! I took this tour because it was a small group tour. We were five on a spacious, comfortable minibus, The bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser were the best part of the trip followed by the Maori Cultural Experience. The buffet lunch at Te Puia was quite delicious. I recommend this tour.

Jason L

04 Nov, 2019

Fran and Rick really make the bus trips enjoyable with their knowledge of the areas and occasional stops to show us sights not on the itinerary. Rotorua is an exciting place, complete with geysers, great food, acid pits, mud pits, and that volcanic sulphur smell. I HIGHLY recommend adding on Wai-O-Tapu if you're going.
They went above and beyond taking care of our last-minute travel accommodations and scheduled new travel arrangements for us! Excellent staff and they show how much they really care about showing the participants a great time.

David W

27 Aug, 2019

Absolutely worthwhile! Darryl was a terrific guide, knowledgeable, courteous and a safe driver. Wish we had more time in New Zealand.

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