• Whakarewarewa Guided Geothermal Eco Tour


Available on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s Only – Bookings are essential.

Explore our unique taiao (landscape), flora and fauna with an expert local guide.

Whakarewarewa Guided Geothermal Eco Tour

Ony available on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s, our guided geothermal ECO tour provides exclusive access to an untouched geothermal landscape, where our guide will interpret the land, plants, animals and nature of this rare environment.

Departing at 9.30am, our ECO 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.

Our 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 & restoration programmes, where we are working alongside other organisations 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 bookings@whakarewaewa.com

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.

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.


ECO Tours available Tuesday & Thursday ONLY at 9:30am. Please arrive 15 minutes prior.


  • Adult  $45.00
  • Child (5-15 yr.) $20.00
  • Senior (Gold Card) $40.50
  • Family (2x adults & up to 4x Child) $118.00
  • Infant under 5 yrs FREE


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 !


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  • "So informative full of history. Very authentic... Delicious hangi one must try when there. Having been to other Villages this one is one of a kind! "
    Karolina – Palmerston North, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "It is once impressive for the landscape itself and twice impressive for the fact that it is a populated village where people get on with their lives by utilising the earth’s powers ."
    PhillipP- 03/2020 – via TripAdvisor
  • "The welcome at Whakarewarewa brought me to tears... Our guide was friendly, funny and informative."
    Susie – Rotorua, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "The Guide’s passion for their home was so beautiful and genuine. The waiata to finish the tour brought a tear to my eyes."
    Monique Enoka-Davidson – New Zealand – 01/2021- via Google Map
  • "Amazing heritage in this area, very friendly and inviting." 
    Estee Blom- New Zealand – 01/2021- via Google Map