Mount Tarawera

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Mount Tarawera featuring landscape views and hiking or walking

Casting an imposing shadow over the Rotorua region, this colossal volcano is responsible for one of the most devastating eruptions ever to occur in New Zealand.

Hike up the remarkable Mount Tarawera and marvel at the huge crater that was blown out more than a hundred years ago. Soak in the naturally heated springs nearby and admire panoramic views across the lake and back toward the mountain.

Imagine how it may have felt here when, after midnight on June 10, 1886, the ground began to tremble and plumes of hot lava suddenly shot from Mount Tarawera. Molten rock buried the majestic Pink and White Terraces nearby as smoke and ash were launched into the dark sky. Learn about the impact this devastating event had on the Rotorua region.

Exploring the volcano with an expert guide is a great way to gain insight into the mighty force of this seemingly benign landform. See the vast fields of rocks that were belched out from the planet’s core and inspect the remarkable crater. Now a deep ravine, the crater measures a staggering 6 kilometres (4 miles) in length.

For an even more breathtaking experience, consider viewing the volcano from the skies during a helicopter tour. A guide will show you the sights and tell you about the enthralling history of the mountain.

After visiting the volcano, head to nearby Lake Tarawera to relax. Sink into the geothermal pools that line the northern shores and feel any tension melting away. As you unwind in the warm, nutrient-rich water, admire the views across the calm lake with the volcano’s dark silhouette in the background.

Walking and helicopter tours of Mount Tarawera can be easily organised online. Most operators will pick you up from your accommodation around Rotorua and drive you to the volcano, which is approximately an hour away. Lake Tarawera is about a 30-minute drive southeast from the city.

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Your dream holiday; mountain, lake, boat ramp, playground, beach seconds away
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This family-friendly Lake Tarawera vacation home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Mount Tarawera and Lake Rotokakahi ...
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4 out of 5
163 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera
Situated in Rotorua, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Buried Village. Mount Tarawera and Lake Rotokakahi are ...
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"The design of the house and the view are fantastic. Only thing is wifi very weak. Bit overall super nice."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

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