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Pōhutu Geyser, New Zealand

Pōhutu Geyser, New Zealand: Our most recommended tours and activities

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

1. Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

Decide whether to take the guided tour first or do the Geothermal Trails to start. Experience the untouched natural landscapes, steaming lakes, and bubbling hot pools on the Geothermal Trails. Get stunning views of the Geysers and over the village from the top lookouts with great photo opportunities.Learn first hand about the history and traditions of the people who have occupied the village for over 100 years, and how they utilize the Geothermal that the village sits upon to cook and bath in their everyday lives.

Steambox: Te Puia Guided Tour with Traditional Hangi Lunch

2. Steambox: Te Puia Guided Tour with Traditional Hangi Lunch

Steambox refers to your self-selected hāngī steamed lunch cooked in a natural steam vent. This 3-hour guided experience includes access to the Kiwi Conservation Centre, insights into indigenous art and craft and a boutique picnic lunch overlooking the geothermal valley from the geyser marquee. The minimum duration of Steambox Experience is 3 hours. IBe guided through the greenstone, wood carving and flax weaving schools at the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, Rotowhio Pā, Kiwi Conservation Centre and Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley including Pōhutu geyser, self-selected hāngī steamed lunch lifted from a natural steam vent, boutique picnic in geyser marquee.

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

3. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

Enjoy the magic of Middle Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set and delight in Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Village in Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland. Travel in comfort with a small group and an experienced local guide in a late-model Mercedes or a similarly configured the vehicle to provide extra leg room and space for your comfort.  After the pick-up from your hotel, journey through gorgeous Waikato scenery to Hobbiton. On arrival, set off on an official 2-hour guided tour through the picturesque twelve-acre site. Learn fascinating details of how a beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. At the end of your tour, savor a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Climb back into the vehicle for the 55-minute drive to Rotorua. Arrive at Te Puia Maori Village where you will have a freshly prepared hangi lunch featuring traditional Maori food. With plenty of time to explore, discover the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, and the iconic Kiwi bird. Visit the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Then explore Rotorua, visiting the lakefront and the government gardens, before the return journey to Auckland. You can opt for drop off in Rotorua, just select this option when booking. 

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

4. Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

This full-day excursion begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland, and a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with the possibility of stops for photos en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival, you’ll spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next you’ll embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Your tour then continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60-hectare geothermal valley. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the kiwi bird house and viewing enclosure, watch traditional Maori carving and weaving, learn about Maori art and history and take a walk around a model pre-European Maori village and sacred marae. If you like, you can enjoy a meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques, watch a Maori haka performance and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred marae. At the end of the program it will be time to sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Auckland.

Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

5. Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

Your tour begins as you are collected from your hotel in a comfortable modern mini-bus. From there, travel through the beautiful Waikato countryside - New Zealand's most extensively farmed area, on a fully guided tour to Hobbiton. During the trip south, encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, and beautiful mountains, as well as several different farm animals along the way. Following your drive, arrive to the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton. There you can see thousands of sheep, grab something to eat, get a coffee fix, or enjoy an ice cream as your guides arrange your tickets to the movie set. Next, board one of the green Hobbiton buses to depart on a fully guided 2-hour tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with an expert Hobbiton Movie set guide who ensures you get the most out of your visit. During your tour, step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 different hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the charming secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and finish your Lord of the Rings experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton Pub, the Green Dragon Inn. After your Lord of the rings experience, travel back through the Alexander Family Sheep Farm before heading south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. Throughout your trip, pass through the unique town of Tirau - the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade, seeing many more stunning landscapes as you head over the Kaimai ranges. Once in Rotorua, travel with your guides as they show you around the historical sites including Lake Rotorua, the Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, the Thermal Springs, and the Polynesian Spa. From there, head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, the Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once inside the park, stop for lunch, where your guides highly recommend the traditional Maori Hangi buffet meal. Following lunch, set off for a fully guided tour around the surreal park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. Observe the Pōhutu Geyser (the biggest geyser in the southern hemisphere), Māori Architecture, the National Māori Arts School, geothermal craters, and geothermal events. There's even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house, before you travel back to Auckland with your guide.

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What people are saying about Pōhutu Geyser, New Zealand

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 reviews

A wonderful tour - especially for any Hobbit fans. Visiting Hobbiton was interesting and enchanting - a way to appreciate the detailed work that went in to creating the movie set and an opportunity to imagine that you were in the Shire. Rotorua was also interesting - both the geothermal area and the Māori cultural area. The bus was comfortable and the guide was great.

Very personalised tour, choosing your own Steambox ingredients before setting off on a very comprehensive tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable & answered all of our questions!!! We would recommend this tour completely.

One of the best days ever taken in Auckland. Small and personalised and Paul our driver did an amazing job during the day. Highly recommended!

Really nice tour. Very convenient if you plan to travel to Rotorua from Auckland

Our tour was awesome, the Maori village is interesting and our guide was superb.