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Eco-tours

Rotorua offers breath-taking scenery and wonderful natural wildlife that can be appreciated without costing the earth

 
Some of the most incredible activities to experience here are showcased by eco-tour operators who are dedicated to sharing our precious taonga (objects), such as native flora and fauna, in order to protect them.
 
We’re so fortunate to have Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, one of the world’s last prehistoric rainforests, in our backyard. Foris Eco-tours offers a guide hike through the unforgettable scenery where you’ll walk among 500-year-old trees standing up to 60 metres tall, hear and possibly see rare birdlife, and learn about the conservation challenges to protect some of the rarest creatures on earth.
 
One place that should be on everyone’s must-visit list looks after the preservation of our most treasured native bird. The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, located right here in Rotorua, opened its doors – and incubators – in 2008 and has since hatched more than 1,850 brown kiwi eggs.
 
Bird-lovers also won’t want to miss visits to Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre or Mokoia Island to see rare and protected species.
 
Eco-tours also include seeing incredible glow worm caves via canoe, kayak and paddle board, and Real Rotorua provides tours on foot to see these clever creatures. Bicycle, Segway, and even whitewater rafting are great ways to get close up and personal with nature.
 
Of course, you can also pick up a map or visit our team at one of Rotorua’s i-SITEs for self-guided tours. We recommend seeing plants and birds that have adapted to the hot, steamy and sulphurous environment in Sulphur Bay around Lake Rotorua.

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$130 NZD
MDA Experiences

Eco-tours, Central

Our Exclusive Tours create the perfect excursion tailored to our guest, including a personal guide, complete privacy and the best we have to offer at MDA Experiences.

$90 NZD
Paddle Board Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Paddle Board Rotorua are Rotorua's premium paddle boarding and kayak experience providers. Well known for their paddle board and kayak glow worm tours.

$250 NZD
Kinaki Food Tours

Eco-tours, Central

For a rustic and authentic Māori food experience, look no further – Māori Masterchef Charles Royal offers an exclusive food tour and cooking demonstration on the shore of Lake Rotomā.

$299 NZD
New Zealand Mountain Biking - Whirinaki Forest

Eco-tours, Central

Come with us and ride through some of New Zealand's best ancient native forest on meandering mountain bike trails. This full day trip includes guide and transport, food, and bike hire. We can take it nice and easy close to the road, or we can go all out and fly deep into the heart of the Whirinaki!

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Eco-tours, Central

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways. We learn to master a SUP before embarking on our trips under the guidance of world-renowned paddlers and ensure the safest and fun day for you!

$15 NZD
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

Eco-tours, Central

Featuring threatened New Zealand falcons, hawks and owls - the Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre is a unique conservation programme, of national significance.

$50 NZD
Rotorua Duck Tours (Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours)

Eco-tours, Central

Guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in a WWII amphibious landing craft. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Rotorua Duck Tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Māori history.

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Eco-tours, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) including a natural hot pool soak.

Ohinemutu Māori Village

Eco-tours, Central

Connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that have made Rotorua the incredible place it is today.

$90 NZD
Horse Trekking Lake Okareka

Eco-tours, East

Horse trek through 500 acres of native bush and 1,500 acres of working sheep and cattle farm with stunning views of Lake Okareka, Lake Tarawera and Mount Tarawera.

$30 NZD
River Rats Raft & Kayak

Eco-tours, South

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years including a range of White Water Rafting and Lake Kayaking options suitable for anyone from families to adrenalin junkies.

$65 NZD
Real Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Experience the Real Rotorua... with guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area.