Come up close to Rotorua’s geothermal landscapes at Rainbow Mountain, Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako on this 6-hour tour that includes a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River. After hotel pickup in the morning, relax during a 25-minute coach transfer to Rainbow Mountain, where you’ll disembark for an easy half-mile (1-km) stroll on the Crater Lake Walk.
View a volcanic crater lake nestled amid the steamy and colorful cliffs. Your guide points out Rainbow Mountain plant species, including some rare specimens only found in New Zealand’s geothermal areas.
Just down the road near Wai-O-Tapu, take a look at bubbling mud pools before your jet-boat ride begins. Receive a safety briefing, don a life jacket and hop aboard the powerful jet boat for a high-speed ride on the Waikato River. Your expert driver navigates the narrow passageways of Tutukau Gorge and zips past steaming geothermal sections along the river.
Arriving at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, walk along raised boardwalks past active natural geysers, hot springs and silica terraces in vibrant hues. You can stop to purchase a snack or meal at the riverside cafe (own expense) before you re-board for a splashy ride.
During another 30 minutes of adrenaline-packed fun, hold on tight while the boat slides on the water’s surface and kicks up spray as the driver squeezes through tight turns and spins. Back at the jet-boat office, sip a provided hot beverage before boarding the bus to Rotorua, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.