• Guided Tours of Mt Tarawera

Mount Tarawera Guided Walk

Standing sentinel high above Rotorua, Mt Tarawera is revered by local Maori and offers a unique adventure for those who come and explore it on a guided tour with Kaitiaki Adventures.

The Iwi of Rangitihi are the Kaitiaki of Te Maunga o Tarawera and hold the mana whenua of the Maunga (mountain).

See what our guests have to say by reading our reviews page.

Mt Tarawera Crater Walk

  • Trip time: 4.5 hours
  • 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.
  • Availability: 7 days a week - 8:15am and 1:15pm in summer and 10:15am in winter
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week from all central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Refreshments: None are provided but you are welcome to bring your own

Book Now Experience this for just $185 per person!

Mt Tarawera and Te Puia Combo

  • Trip time: 7 hours or split visits over two days
  • 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. 

  • Availability: 7 days a week - 8:15am and 1:15pm in summer and 10:15am in winter
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week from all central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Refreshments: A steam boxed lunch at Te Puia

Book Now Experience this for just $244 per person!

Mt Tarawera Fly and Drive Combo (Heli)

  • Trip time: 4.5 hours
  • This unique experience allows visitors to travel to Mt Tarawera with Volcanic Air, taking in the scenic wonders of the area from the air, before landing on Mt Tarawera for your guided crater walk experience. This flight includes the stunning scenery of Lakes Okareka, Tarawera and Rotomahana, as well as being able to see on clear days to White Island and Mt Ruapehu. Once you have landed, you will be guided around the crater of Mt Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures, before being driven back to Rotorua.

  • Availability: 7 days a week - 08:15am and 1:15pm in summer and 10:15am in winter
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week from all central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Refreshments: None are provided but you are welcome to bring your own

Book Now Experience this for just $650 per person!

Mt Tarawera and Te Puia Fly and Drive Combo

  • Trip time: 7 hours or split visits over two days
  • This unique experience allows visitors to travel to Mt Tarawera with Volcanic Air, taking in the scenic wonders of the area from the air, before landing on Mt Tarawera for your guided crater walk experience. This flight includes the stunning scenery of Lakes Okareka, Tarawera and Rotomahana, as well as being able to see on clear days to White Island and Mt Ruapehu.

    After landing, you will be guided around the crater of Mt Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures and then driven back to Rotorua. 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 their relocation to the thermal valley of Te Whakarewarewa.

  • Availability: 7 days a week - 8:15am and 1:15pm in summer and 10:15am in winter
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week from all central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Refreshments: A steam boxed lunch at Te Puia

Book Now Experience this for just $760 per person!

Mt Tarawera and Rafting Combo

  • Trip time: All day
  • 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.

  • Availability: 7 days a week
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week from all central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre
  • Minimum Age: 13
  • Refreshments: No

Book Now Experience this for just $244 per person!

Mt Tarawera Floatplane and Drive Combo

  • Trip time: 4 hours
  • This unique experience allows visitors to travel to Mt Tarawera with Volcanic Air, taking in the scenic wonders of the area from the air, before landing on Mt Tarawera for your guided crater walk experience. This flight includes the stunning scenery of Lakes Okareka, Tarawera and Rotomahana, as well as being able to see on clear days to White Island and Mt Ruapehu. Once you have landed in lake Rerewhakaaitu, you will me your Kaitiaki Adventures Mountain Guides who will guide you up to the top and around the crater of Mt Tarawera, before being driven back to Rotorua.

  • Availability: 7 days a week.
  • Courtesy transport: 7 days a week back to pickup location.
  • Minimum Age: 13+
  • Refreshments: None are provided but you are welcome to bring your own

Book Now Experience this for just $545 per person!

  • “We had an amazing time in the rapids and waterfalls and I would highly recommend Kaitiaki to anyone wanting the full 'white water' experience”
  • “If you havent already been white-water rafting then this is the BEST place in the world to have a go!”

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Shout out to our awesome guides for always going above and beyond for our customers.😁 “What a great tour!! Frank and Dan were great guides/storytellers/4WD drivers! We had a fantastic time walking around and into the craters that gave great views over Lake Tarawera and the surrounding countryside. We felt very safe and well guided by our two lovely guides.” www.kaitiaki.co.nz
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Take a helicopter ride to the top of Mt Tarawera followed by a guided crater walk. 🚁 A truly unique experience with epic views. ⛰️ Book online: www.kaitiaki.co.nz/guided-tours/
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