Mt. Tarawera, Rotorua
(4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Mt. Tarawera a centerpiece of your Rotorua vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rotorua holiday planner.
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  • Headed to Tarawera with Kaitiaki adventures on Sunday and it was truly amazing... definitely up there with the Tongariro, and the views are some of the best I have seen in NZ . Staff were amazing, so ...  more »
  • A great walk up and around a volcanic crater. A long rough ride and an arduous trek. Very interesting, well led by young people, some of Mouri decent. It is a tough hike after a rough ride in a 4wd bu...  more »
  • Beautiful..worth the time...just go..relax, enjoy, take photos....amazing spot ....quiet, peaceful thought provoking..glad we took the time