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Nature Connection

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Geothermal Wonderland Tour

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Geothermal Wonderland Tour - Nature Connection.

Experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and the many colors of every tint and hue displayed in pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Then enjoy the Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape with spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colorful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of NZ's native birdlife.

Morning Tour
Departs : 8.00am
Returns : 12.30pm
Duration : 4.5 hours
Walking time : 2 hours - distance 3kms
Fitness : Suitable for most levels of fitness


Nature Connection New Zealand tours cater for both individual travelers and groups. The aim of our professional guides is to enrich your visit to New Zealand by sharing their knowledge of the area's, history, flora, fauna and geology and providing the opportunity for guests to get off the beaten track to experience the best natural and historical areas of the region.

Pick up and return transfers are included in all Nature Connection New Zealand tours. The exception to this is groups that are utilising their own coach transport, and special interest tours.

Fully guided tours
Nature Connection New Zealand tours are professionally guided by friendly knowledgeable guides with informative commentary on the regions rich Maori culture, history, geology and New Zealand's unique native flora and fauna.

Licenses and Permit's
Approved New Zealand Department of Conservation concession operator
NZ Land Transport Safety Authority Approved Passenger Service Operator
Complies with the NZ Govt occupational safety and health guidelines

Comprehensive public liability insurance.

Nature Connections Rotorua NZ (NCRNZ) reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or under any other circumstances beyond NCRNZ´s control which may endanger the safety of the tour participants. Whilst we take great care, NCRNZ shall not be responsible for any loss or damage which may arise when on tour or utilising any service provided by an NCRNZ agent. This exclusion is subject to any rights or remedies of the customer under the consumer guarantees act 1993. NCRNZ shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from events beyond it´s control, such as fire, machinery breakdowns, natural disasters, civil disturbances, theft or delay due to any other circumstances beyond the companies control.