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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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$65 NZD
Real Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

See the largest display of glow worms in Rotorua. Real Rotorua takes you on a journey through waterfalls, wildlife and native forest, all under the cover of darkness.

Morning Lakes Tour

Eco-tours, Central

Get you Off The Beaten Track with Real Rotorua, whilst visiting the best locations and viewing points that Rotorua has to offer.

$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.

$349 NZD
Foris Eco-tours

Eco-tours, Central

Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.

$35 NZD
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Eco-tours, Central

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provides a guided bicycle adventure around central Rotorua. You'll ride at your own leisurely pace to 27 key historical, geothermal and cultural sights.

$95 NZD
Sledge the Kaituna River

Eco-tours, Central

River sledging with Kaitiaki Adventures is the most intimate way to experience the beautiful Kaituna River.

$74 NZD
Mokoia Island with Katoa Lake Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride across the beautiful Lake Rotorua with Katoa and explore Mokoia Island, considered sacred by local Maori, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most famous love stories. ​ 

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Eco-tours, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Mitai Māori Village

Eco-tours, Central

By entering the world of Mitai Māori Village you will embrace the history and culture of our people through the migration story of our ancestors, the Ngāti Ohomairangi people who voyaged across the Pacific Ocean more than 2,000 years ago and arrived at Maketu.

$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.

Ōhinemutu Māori Village

Eco-tours, Central

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