Mt. Tarawera, Rotorua

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#7 of 10 in Nature in Rotorua
Volcano Nature / Park
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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • After our "Buried Village" visit at Rotorua we then headed towards the lake and had a great glimpse view of the Mount Tarawera. The scenery was picturesque and really amazing. As we had a lesson of le...  more »

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Where to stay in Rotorua

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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