Lake Tarawera Water Taxi & Eco Tours and Tarawera Trail, Rotorua
Take an eco tour with the Lake Tarawera Water Taxi to New Zealand’s best Hot Water Beach at Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua.
The Tarawera Trail which opened on the 14th of December 2013 is ideal for
those who love to walk. It is destined to be one of the “Great Walks of New
Zealand” This first stage, a 15 kilometre walk, takes you from Te Wairoa (just
beyond the Buried Village at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua) right through to Hot Water Beach on its southern shores. A New Zealand native bush walk
with magnificent lake and mountain views, access to beaches and natural springs
that are steeped in Maori history. Catch a Water Taxi back at the end of your
Tarawera Trail walk. (Bookings are essential
for the taxi service)
You will not only see the unusual geothermal activity, but feel it. Dig your hands into the water at the lake’s edge and feel the warmth through the sand or immerse yourself in the warm water. Your trip highlight… sitting in a natural geothermal hot pool nearby, surrounded by native New Zealand forest… with fern fronds silhouetted overhead. Just you and nature!
We also provide trips to the Tarawera Falls Walk, regarded as one of the best short walks in New Zealand.
Lake Tarawera, just 20 minutes south of Rotorua city, is unspoilt and breathtaking. It’s dominated by majestic Mount Tarawera, surrounded by native forests and imbued with Maori history. We share with visitors the cultural and volcanic history of Tarawera, continuing a legacy that the Tuhourangi ancestors started several hundred years ago.
Our eco-tours are based on our role as “Kaitiaki” or guardians of this area. We take our responsibility seriously. We look after the land and water and participate in many local conservation programmes, including tree planting, pest control and the monitoring of endangered species. We also have DOC (Department of Conservation) concessions to operate in the area.
Rotorua Eco Tours
Hot Water Beach (1.5 hour round trip).
The Hot Water Beach & Natural Bush Hot Pool eco-tour. Starts with an exhilarating 15-minute water taxi ride across beautiful Lake Tarawera.
- We travel in our all weather boat through the Ariki Arm to Hot Water Beach, where you will have plenty of time to explore its amazing geothermal features – the sand is warm enough for a fisherman to cook freshly caught trout!
- Along the way we will describe the area’s extraordinary history and unique ecosystem.
- From Hot Water Beach we take another short boat trip along the bush-lined lake edge to the Natural Bush Hot Pool. This is your opportunity to lie back in the crystal clear tempered waters to enjoy an unspoilt native forest setting.
- After 40 minutes of bliss we coax you out of the pool to begin the return journey across the lake.
Tarawera Falls Eco-Tour (5 hour round trip)
Recognised as one of New Zealand’s best short walks. The Tarawera Falls Walking Track runs parallel to the Tarawera River through some of the most beautiful native forest in New Zealand on the way to the spectacular Tarawera Falls.
An exhilarating 25-minute water taxi ride from Boat Shed Bay to Te Tapahoro Bay (The Outlet) where you will be dropped off at the main jetty. We will return 3½ hours later to take you back to Boat Shed Bay. Travel is in our all weather boat where we provide a detailed map guiding you to the Falls and back.
Tarawera Historic Tour (45 minute boat journey)
Our all-weather water taxi takes the route followed by pre-eruption visitors to visit the famous Pink and White Terraces, lost in the 1886 volcanic upheaval. You will learn about the cultural significance and history of Lake Tarawera and the surrounding area. Enjoy the majestic beauty and unique ecosystem of this area and see how the land has healed from its earlier devastation.
We can arrange private Water Taxi charters for:
- Christmas functions
- Private outings
Humphries Bay (to Lake Okataina - 3 hour walk)
Humphries Bay (at the Northern end of Lake Tarawera) is a pleasant picnic and overnight camping spot. It’s also the starting spot for walks to Lake Okataina or the Tarawera Outlet.
Lake Tarawera Water Taxi will drop you off at Humphries Bay (for your 7kms /3-hour walk to Lake Okataina) and you can arrange for a vehicle pick up at the Okataina boat ramp end.
- Skill level – moderate
- Essentials: Good walking shoes, warm jacket, camera and bottle of water
(This walk can be combined with the walk to the Tarawera Fall for a full day adventure.
Humphries Bay (to Tarawera Outlet - 3 hour walk)
Humphries Bay (at the Northern end of Lake Tarawera) is a pleasant picnic and overnight camping spot. It’s also the starting spot for walks to Lake Okataina or the Tarawera Outlet. Lake Tarewera Water Taxi will drop you off at Humphries Bay (for your 7kms / 3-hour walk to Tarawera Outlet) and pick you up for your return transfer to Boat Shed Bay. Alternatively you can arrange a vehicle pickup.
The Mariner's House
The Landing Tarawera Rd
Lake Tarawera 3076
Phone: +64 7 362 8080
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