Magical Wanderer Experience

Tour Summary

Experience a land where myth and legend come to life, where the earth boils, mud heals, and steam disappears into the clouds above with a Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Tree walk experience is truly a walk to remember.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with opportunity for photo stops

  • Explore the incredible Lady Knox geyser eruption with heights of 10 to 20 metres

  • Explore the amazing Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland geothermal walk including the truly fascinating champagne pool

  • Discover surreal beauty and dramatic geothermal landscapes

  • A Stunning walk high amongst the majestic redwood trees

  • Featuring a half kilometre of suspended bridges and living platform within the 120 year old redwood forest

  • Award winning eco- tourism walk for all ages

Tour Inclusion

  • Guided return transfer from Auckland

  • Complementary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complementary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Entry to self-guided experience at Wai-o–Tapu thermal wonderland

  • Entrance to Lady Knox Geyser

  • Entry to fully guided experience at Redwoods Tree Walk

Tour Description

The drive from Auckland to Rotorua is a very common North Island route planned into New Zealand Itineraries for visitors exploring by road. The travel time for directly driving from Auckland to Rotorua takes about 3 hours. While driving from Auckland to Rotorua takes a few hours, the trip will fly by with these awesome stop-offs - plus the drive from Auckland to Rotorua is also filled with amazing scenery!

A short drive approximately 20 minutes south of Rotorua, will bring you to the park, which is considered to be one of New Zealand's most diverse geothermal attractions. Discover an area which has been sculptured by geothermal activity over thousands of years, and see unique volcanic features, geysers and more! 

Named “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" by TripAdvisor, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area. Thousands of years in the making, this stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting through which self-guided walks take between 30 and 75 minutes.  The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes huge volcanic craters formed by collapsing ground, steaming vents, sinter terrace formations, coloured hot and cold water springs among which is the world famous Champagne Pool. 

Presented daily at 10.15am is the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and ever active is the nearby “Mud Pool” where bubbling mud is always evident.  Finish off your experience with a trip to the Mud Pool. A visit to Wai-O-Tapu isn't complete without it! The Mud Pool is located at the site of a large mud volcano that was destroyed by erosion in the 1920's. You'll discover why Rotorua is nicknamed "Sulphur City" here... the pungent smell is due to dense sulphur deposits from the region's hot bubbling mud pools.

You might want to hold your nose! Throughout your visit, you can relax in the large onsite cafe for lunch (at your expense) or enjoy a spot of shopping in the retail centre.  Then we head on to our next hot spot situated only 5-minutes’ drive from downtown Rotorua is the magnificent Redwood Forest – home to the Redwoods Treewalk, a Rotorua must do! The Redwoods Treewalk is a fun family activity that is affordable, easily accessible, and kind to the trees. Regarded by many as one of the best walks in Rotorua.

This award winning attraction is great for all ages and at 700-metres long, is a one of a kind New Zealand treewalk consisting of a series of 28 suspension bridges, which traverse between 27 majestic 117-year-old Redwood Trees. This ecological walk can be experienced in all weather, offering a welcome shade during hot summer days or a dramatic green backdrop during rainy ones. Enjoy at your own pace with no safety harnesses or training required and appreciate the peacefulness and spirit of this special forest. 

Along the walk are informative story boards that will educate all the family on local stories and forestry. Daytime for Nature and Night time for magic – you won’t be disappointed!

Breath-taking. Immersive. Extraordinary. Day Discovery

  • Immersive 40-minute nature discovery Daytime Treewalk

  • Discover 118-year-old giant redwood trees

  • Unique birds’ eye perspective of forest floor and treetops above

  • Tranquil and serene experience that caters to all fitness levels

  • Extraordinary views of New Zealand silver ferns and exotic forest


After an exhausted day of the unique walks, we head back to Auckland to raise your feet up and relax.


Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.

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+64 21 026 90502


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