Mt. Tarawera, Rotorua

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#8 of 14 in Nature in Rotorua
In addition to offering exciting outdoor activities, Mt. Tarawera holds significance as a piece of New Zealand's history. In the 1800s, tourists used to flock here to see the mount's pink and white silica terraces, which were destroyed in 1886 when the volcano erupted. The eruption left several huge craters and blue lakes, which today serve as a playground for outdoor enthusiasts visiting the now-dormant volcano. Hike to the summit, tour the mount on ATVs, or experience a thrilling scree run into the crater. Take a look at our Rotorua day trip planner to schedule your visit to Mt. Tarawera and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The like of the volcano where you can see the dimensions and an idea of the danger is probably at its best. The thermal area of "Hells Gate" is in the immediate vicinity.
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  • July 12, 2017
    This volcano was responsible for a massive eruption in 1886 which killed about 120 people. That eruption and the consequences of it are now part of the warp and weft of tourism in this area which incl...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    We booked the obligatory Crater Walk tour with Kaitiaki Adventures and unconditionally enjoyed it. We totally lucked out and my wife and I were the only two on the tour! Our guide was terrific and eve...  more »

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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