Thermal Amphibious Experience

Tour Summary

Experience the spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic park. Marvel at a boiling mud pool and watch a geyser erupt in spectacular fashion at one of New Zealand’s most impressive geothermal wonderlands. Witness at the multi-coloured pools and other dramatic features as you wander along the tracks combining an opportunity to Sit back and Ride, Quack, Laugh, Splash, and discover Rotorua with amphibious Duck Tours, a once in a lifetime unique adventure!

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the land of geothermal activities on this scorching stunning tour from Auckland!

  • See all the highlights of Rotorua from bursting geysers to steaming hot mud pools

  • Visit the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu and witness its unique volcanic features

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

  • Witness a spectacular display of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements

  • Wander around the natural formations in the park sculpted by thousands of years in the making

  • Walk through the surreal lunar-like environment  to witness the volcanic wonders

  • Carry on past the Champagne Pool, a bubbling hot spring famed for its brilliant orange rim

  • Admire the Primrose Terraces, a set of glistening step

  • Take in Rotorua’s sights from your seat on an amphibious bus

  • Learn about the history of our lakes with a Splashdown into two different areas

  • Fully guided and entertaining insight into the City of Rotorua and the surrounding areas

  • Learn about Maori culture, migration and their way of life

  • See iconic buildings, hot springs, geothermal activity and so much more

  • Surrounding yourself with the natural beauty that Rotorua and New Zealand have to offer

  • Ride, laugh, quack, splash and so much more!

Tour Inclusion

  • Fully guided return transfer from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

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

  • Admission to Lady Knox Geyser

  • Admission to self-guided walk at Wai-o–Tapu thermal wonderland

  • Admission to or 90 minutes fully guided amphibious duck tour

Tour Description

An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well-defined tracks. More than just a place of myth and legend, this land has the power to heal and excite anyone who meets it, just as it’s done for centuries. Come and discover New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience. Experience this land like our ancestors have done for centuries. Discover its beauty, its healing properties and its awe-inspiring power.

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! New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction - just a short drive from Rotorua.

Thermal Wonderland is a series of brightly coloured geothermal pools, stinky sulphur mud baths and explosive geysers, directly in the middle of this volcanic zone. Our first destination is Wai-O-Tapu - Thousands of Years in the Making... "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World". Explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic park. Walks through this unique geothermal area take between 30 and 75 minutes and provide a wide range of amazing photo opportunities at unique features including the world famous Champagne Pool, naturally coloured hot and cold springs, devil’s bath, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. 

The natural bush setting, the Lady Knox Geyser erupting daily at 10.15 am and the nearby ever active "Mud Pool" add other dimensions to the experience, the distinct sulphur smell, similar to that of rotting eggs will accompany you throughout your visit to this fascinating natural wonder.  


Extend your Wai-o-Tapu experience along with visiting amphibious Duck Tours, a once in a lifetime unique adventure!

Sitting in the middle of Rotorua downtown, we provide a fun and unique sightseeing experience of Rotorua and the lakes region in New Zealands on WWII Amphibious Landing Crafts. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests while laughing and learning from our experienced conDucKtors. Learn about these amazing amphibious crafts, the area and history. Ride, Laugh, Quack, Splash.

What better way is there to explore the rich and scenic history of Rotorua, than in a 'duck' amphibious vehicle? Our Rotorua City and Lakes tour is a fantastic sightseeing experience.  Discover the fantastic local landmarks, including the Museum, Government Gardens, Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island, Geothermal Sulphur Point and Blue baths, as well as a multitude of picturesque and gorgeous surrounding areas. You’ll be thrilled and amazed by each and every destination on your list. This 90 minute journey starts in the spectacular Rotorua City, then you'll venture out for a "splashdown" entry into Lake Tikitapu (blue lake). Mixed in with the glorious wildlife is a setting for million dollar homes and you will also be granted access to thrilling views of Mt Tarawera. After the marvellous scenery has left you in awe, you will head back through Rotorua and bask in the glorious day you have had. The Rotorua City & Lakes tour is highly recommended for families.

The Rotorua City & Lakes tour is highly recommended for families.


Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items

  • Easy and good fitness level required

  • Being an active geothermal area with uneven terrain, sturdy footwear is recommended. Jandals, sandals, flip-flops or high heeled shoes are not suitable.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great travel photos.

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+64 21 026 60993


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