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Mount Tarawera Guided Walk

Te Maunga ō Tarawera: A Sacred Legacy of Ngati Rangitihi

Te Maunga ō Tarawera stands as the spiritual sanctuary of the Ngati Rangitihi Iwi. Majestic and watchful above Rotorua, this sacred site bears the indelible marks of historic events that have woven into its very landscape. Mount Tarawera isn’t just a geographical wonder; it’s a repository of significance and reverence, cherished deeply by the local Māori community. Embarking on a guided tour with Kaitiaki Adventures unveils an exclusive journey into its heart.

Guardians of the Mountain

The Ngati Rangitihi Iwi proudly carry the mantle of kaitiaki for Te Maunga ō Tarawera, nurturing its legacy and safeguarding its cultural heritage. As the holders of mana whenua, the Iwi’s connection with the Maunga runs deep, embodying a spiritual bond that transcends time.

Discover this treasured connection firsthand as you explore Te Maunga ō Tarawera on a guided tour with Kaitiaki Adventures. Here, history, spirituality, and adventure intertwine to create an experience that resonates beyond the journey itself.

– for further information about what to expect on a Tarawera Experience please head to our FAQ page: Here

Mt Tarawera Crater Walk

Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera. Infamous for its eruption on June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu, at the same destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces. This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater.

4.5 hours
7+ Years
Experience
this for just
$195 Per Person!

Mt Tarawera Crater Walk & Polynesian Spa

Mt Tarawera This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater. Polynesian Spa The Pavillion pools are just for adults, this popular area offers seven hot mineral pools with views of Lake Rotorua. The pools are fed with hot mineral spring water from two different springs! Marble-lined pools (38˚C to 39˚C), feature alkaline water.

Mt Tarawera 4.5 hours - Polynesian Spa 2 hours
7+ Years
Experience
this for just
$214 Per Person!

Mt Tarawera Crater Walk – Full Day option

This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views extending the original world-class crater excursion by an additional  hike around the Tarawera dome above lakes Rotomahana and Tarawera linking back up with the popular half-day excursion on the summit of the highest of three peaks, Ruawahia. This intimate experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater.

6.5 hours
7+ Years
Experience
this for just
$258 Per Person!

Mt Tarawera and Rafting Combo

Combine the unique crater walking experience with rafting on the Kaituna with Kaitiaki Adventures. An all day combo taking you from the volcanic crater of Mt Tarawera, to the Okere section of the Kaituna River, where you will raft the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, take on 14 rapids with world class guides and gear. Each experience is fully guided and includes transportation to and from your accommodation.

5 Grade Five
All day
13+ years
Experience
this for just
$282 Per Person!

Mt Tarawera and Te Puia – Guided Tour/Haka/Buffet Lunch Combo

This unique experience combines the majesty of Mt Tarawera with the raw geothermal power and cultural experience that is Te Puia. Be transported from your accommodation up to Mt Tarawera, where guides will enthral you with the unique history of the sacred mountain, the stories of the people that lived upon its slopes, all as you taken in the breath taking views of the surrounding area.

The part of your journey through to Te Puia will build on the unique relationship between Mt Tarawera and the people of Ngati Tuhourangi, who were deeply affected by the eruption of 1886, which destroyed their homes and forced there relocation to the thermal valley of Te Whakarewarewa. 

Approx. 7 hours or split visits over two days
7+ Years
Experience
this for just
$339 Per Person!

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Uniquely world-class. Hike Mount Tarawera with our local, knowledgeable, guides - Exclusively with Kaitiaki Adventures

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  • Review of: Cath Hagan
    If you havent already been white-water rafting then this is the BEST place in the world to have a go!
  • Review of: Sarah H
    Be prepared for an adventure, the views are stunning, and the sense of awe and accomplishment at the end was amazing.
  • Review of: Tristan P
    A must do! Our guides Cam & Curtis were amazing and really funny. Definitely the highlight of the month.
  • Review of: Caradis A
    What an amazing time! We had so much rafting fun, even though at first I was terrified. Will recommend this to everyone.
  • Review of: Te-Aroha P
    Such an exhilarating experience. We loved all the waterfalls and rapids, but we always felt safe with an awesome safety crew.
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