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Real Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand
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About Real Rotorua
Real Rotorua offers guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area. Avoid crowds and get off the beaten track with one of our carefully tailored itineraries. ours small group sizes, relaxed atmosphere and friendly driver-guides provide the perfect way to explore some of the stunning locations that locals know and love.
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Hours Today: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
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3 hours
from USD 51.08

Thermal Path Tour

Enjoy a 4 hour, small group tour (11people max). Departs every day from 1:15 pm return 5:15pm.

Discover some of Rotorua's "off the beaten track" mud pools and best thermal areas. Dip your toes or fully immerse yourself in our favourite hot springs.

Rainbow ,Mountain, Crater Lakes - uniquely coloured vegetation and lakes. Waiotapu mud Pool - boiling mud with mini-eruptions guaranteed. Hot lakes and Kerosene Creek - a natural thermal bath experience like no other. Te Manaroa Spring - NZ's largest source of 100% boiling spring water. Finish the day soaking in Waikite Valley Thermal Pools Spring n Spa.
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4 hours
from USD 62.86

Mornin Lakes Tour

Rotorua’s volcanic history has created a landscape of lakes. See some of the most spectacular ones on this half day tour, traveling in a small group with a knowledgeable guide. Exercise your legs with a bushwalk, watch springs bubble, and learn about the natural processes which have shaped this land of fire and water.
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4 hours
from USD 66.79
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Tim wrote a review 4 Jan.
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
best glow worm tour i have done so far, (much better than the glow worm caves and the Kayak) walking through the forest at night and getting real close to the glow worms. Stephen was very friendly, knowledgeable and well prepared with all the equipments (torches, raincoats, gum boots). he also took some amazing night photos for us. the whole walk was about 1hour and half, the terrain was easy, suitable for all ages. definitely worth the time! P.S. real nice hot chocolate at the end too. :)
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Niroshi G wrote a review Dec. 2020
Greater Wellington, New Zealand23 contributions6 helpful votes
Really great tour! It’s unique and different from other tours. You get to see totally different side of Rotorua. Stephen is affable and really charming. He makes you feel really comfortable and takes care of you. The tour is at night time in the dark. Requires a lot of walking. So make sure you have good walking shoes.
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Response from rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for recommending my tour and for choosing something different. cheers Stephen
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Trish R wrote a review Dec. 2020
6 contributions8 helpful votes
Thank you Stephen, your evening tour was our family holiday highlight. And that hot chocolate was the perfect end for an informative, interesting evening.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua
Responded 2 weeks ago
Fantastic to read that my tour was the highlight of your time here in Rotorua. For guests to feel that way makes doing what I do all the sweeter. cheers Stephen
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travellingkiwi wrote a review Dec. 2020
London11 contributions8 helpful votes
A brilliant tour. We took our 8 and 10 year olds and though way past their usual bedtime, they were as captivated and engaged as the adults were. The magnificent glow worm displays were the focus of the evening and surpassed expectations but the whole tour was a great experience. Stephen is generous in sharing his extensive knowledge of the forest and region and happily answered our questions. We were able to learn a lot about the flora and fauna and our city kids got to experience so many new things - wallabies, possums etc. I would highly recommend this tour. The memories are going to stick with us for a long while!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua
Responded 2 weeks ago
That is awesome to hear . The forest is full of surprises with each twist and turn in the track and the fact you all loved it really puts a smile on my face. All the best. cheers Stephen
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Raisa A wrote a review Nov. 2020
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Stephen is really informative and friendly :) we went to a lot of places and amazed with what he showed us. Finished the tour with hot pool is the best! Thank you Stephen! We will be back! Budi&Raisa
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua
Responded 17 Nov. 2020
Sure guys, come on back there is plenty more to show you. Waikite hot pools certainly is the way to end a day and even catch a few zzzzzzzz. cheers Stephen
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