Our new guided geothermal eco tour provides exclusive access to an untouched geothermal landscape, where our expert guide will interpret the land, plants, animals and nature of this rare environment.
The tour brings together a mātauranga Māori kaupapa (Māori knowledge framework) with modern science, to share knowledge spanning earth sciences, ecology, biodiversity, health, environment and climate change.
The trail is guided by an expert in ecological and environmental management. Our local guide draws on hundreds of years of indigenous knowledges, combined with contemporary Māori research, and western scientific knowledge. They will share historical and contemporary understandings of this special environment, the forces that have shaped the whenua (land) and the features, plants and animals that inhabit the land today.
Our guide will also introduce you to Whakarewarewa’s environmental programmes, including our Eco Warrior programme for school students, and the work we are undertaking to preserve, use and enhance the whenua (land) for today and future generations.
These fully guided walks take approximately 45 to 60 minutes and are suitable for people with an average level of fitness. These trails combine views of native ferns, edible plants and glimpses of our unique geothermal landscape, including colourful steaming lakes and thermal pools that you can only be viewed at Whakarewarewa.
The Geothermal Trails that you will cross are part of an ongoing reserve development as new areas are opened in a sustainable redevelopment.
Te Reo Māori option: This tour can be booked in Te Reo Māori for groups of 4 or more, times may change. Please enquire by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ADD ON A MĀORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.
We have a Māori Cultural Performance at 11.15am daily, with an additional performance on the days that or Cruise Ships dock at the Port of Tauranga. Timing for the Guided Geothermal Trail allows for the Cultural Performance to be included as a package.
ADD ON A SELF GUIDED TRAIL
Following your Guided Eco Tour apply your new eco knowledge with a self-guided trail around the extensive geothermal areas of Whakarewarewa. Just add this to your cart when booking.
The Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao village people have a proud history of sharing their knowledge, stories, song and dance spanning over a century. We welcome you to our whenua.
ENTRY: 17 Tryon St. Rotorua. Phone: 07 349 3463
SAFETY: Your guided geothermal trail are suitable for beginners and experienced walkers. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. It often rains in Rotorua, so having wet weather gear is a good plan.
CAUTION: Follow your Guides instructions and KEEP to the signed Trails at ALL times !