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Scenic Lake Rotomahana Geothermal Boat Cruise

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Scenic Lake Rotomahana Geothermal Boat Cruise


  • Scenic cruise on Lake Rotomahana
  • View rare geothermal sights not accessible on foot
  • Full onboard commentary

View Waimangu's steaming landscape and other fascinating geothermal features on this scenic boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. The youngest geothermal system in the world, you will be able too see geothermal sights not accessible by foot.

What's Included?

  • Cruise on Lake Rotomahana
  • Onboard commentary

In 1886, an eruption on Mount Tarawera changed Lake Rotomahana dramatically, exploding it to 20 times its size. The lake now covers approximately 15 coalescing craters which formed during the eruption.

Fifteen years later, the lake reach its current height and it is now the deepest in the North Island and is also the newest of all of New Zealand’s larger, naturally formed lakes. It is now protected as a wildlife refuge and is home to a large number of birds.

This boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana showcases it’s own separate geothermal system with the amazing thermal activity that can only be seen by boat. Surrounding the lake is the wildlife sanctuary with water birds visible all year round. Your skipper will provide full commentary about the history of the lake and the Mount Tarawera eruption.

This experience is part of the Responsible Range as it was awarded a Qualmark Enviro-Gold endorsement.

Session Length

  • Tours depart at 10.05am, 11.05am, 12.50pm, 1.35pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm daily and at 4.05pm in January
  • Final check in time is 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Please allow 90 minutes for this experience


  • Adults: 17 years +
  • Children: 6-16 years
  • Children must be accompanied by a paying adult


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience


This experience is weather dependent; cruises will be cancelled if the weather is deemed to be a safety concern.

Dress Code

Please wear flat walking shoes and bring your camera, comfortable clothing, rain or sun protection as necessary.

This experience takes place on Lake Rotomahana, 25 minutes from Rotorua.

For 1 person
$49 each
$49 each
1 Adult
$49 each

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