From Rotorua: Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako or Waiotapu

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Visit one of the least-known but most spectacular thermal parks, Orakei Korako or Waiotapu. Enjoy a short hike in the area and admire the colors, then explore Huka Falls and the Taupo region.


  • Discover multiple active geysers, mud pools, and hot springs
  • Take a 1 to 1.5-hour walk through an untouched geothermal paradise
  • Delight in the striking colors of the park
  • Visit Huka Falls and the Lake Taupo area
  • Benefit from convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Rotorua


Get a fantastic geothermal experience without the thronging crowds with this day trip to Orakei Korako or Waiotapu from Rotorua. Depart Rotorua after pickup from your hotel from 9am and travel to Orakei Korako OR Waiotapu. Somewhat off the beaten track, Orakei Korako, also known as the Hidden Valley, is nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Taupo and Rotorua. Waiotapu you will get to see the Lady Knox Geyser. Waiotapu is considered one of New Zealands diverse and colourful geothermal park. After a 45-minute drive to get there, take a short boat ride across the lake then enjoy 2 hours to explore the thermal area featuring up to 23 natural geysers in a constantly changing landscape. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colors all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. Next, move on to Huka Falls and the Taupo area. Lunch is at your own expense but there are multiple places for you to choose to eat. In Taupo, be guided by your driver and visit the lake front and other interesting sights. Your driver will find out what interests you and, if possible, tailor the day to maximize the stops to suit your interests. Return to Rotorua after Taupo for drop-off at your accommodation between 3:30 PM-4:30 PM.


Hotel pickup and drop-off from all locations in or near central Rotorua Admission fee to Orakei Korako Transport Live commentary from your driver

Important Information

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour runs rain or shine and is not canceled because of weather
  • Lunch is not included but there are multiple cafes to dine in or bakeries in Taupo for you to buy food
  • Pickup starts from 9 AM; your exact pickup time will be confirmed after booking

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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