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Mount Tarawera

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.

Popular Activities at Mount Tarawera

Make the most of your time at Mount Tarawera. Below is a list of some of the top things to do:

Would you like to make your visit a bit more unique? A Mount Tarawera & Waimangu Floatplane Tour and a Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Floatplane Flight are both worth looking into.

Examine our Rotorua things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.


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Ted's Place
Ted's Place

Ted's Place

Kariri Point, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Mana Sarovar
    Mana Sarovar

    Mana Sarovar

    163 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Lake Tarawera, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
      The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate

      The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate

      Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Lake Tarawera, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera, Buried Village, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Spencer Lodge
        Spencer Lodge

        Spencer Lodge

        144 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lake Tarawera, this luxury vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Buried Village. Lake Tikitapu and Lake Okareka are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Solitaire Lodge ¥97,965
          Solitaire Lodge

          Solitaire Lodge

          16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Buried Village. Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village and Lake Rotoiti are also within 32 mi (52 km).

            Millennium Hotel Rotorua ¥7,534
            Millennium Hotel Rotorua

            Millennium Hotel Rotorua

            1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

              Rydges Rotorua ¥6,510
              Rydges Rotorua

              Rydges Rotorua

              272 Fenton St, Rotorua
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Fenton Street, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Racing Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village, and Polynesian Spa. Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Rotorua Central Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park ¥4,867
                Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

                Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

                723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on a lake, this holiday park is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Tamaki Maori Village, and Rotorua Night Market. Blue Baths and Kuirau Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).