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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.


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Your Dream Holiday; Mountain, Lake, Boat Ramp, Playground, Beach Seconds Away AU$293
Your Dream Holiday; Mountain, Lake, Boat Ramp, Playground, Beach Seconds Away

Your Dream Holiday; Mountain, Lake, Boat Ramp, Playground, Beach Seconds Away

155 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Lake Tarawera holiday home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 miles (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 holiday 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 miles (10 km).

      Boat Shed at Tarawera - Lake Front Property
      Boat Shed at Tarawera - Lake Front Property

      Boat Shed at Tarawera - Lake Front Property

      145 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Lake Tarawera holiday home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
        Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

        Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

        119 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Lakefront Tarawera - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
          Lakefront Tarawera - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

          Lakefront Tarawera - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

          129 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Mana Sarovar - Designer Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
            Mana Sarovar - Designer Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

            Mana Sarovar - Designer Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

            163 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday 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 miles (10 km).

              The Lakeview Chalet - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
              The Lakeview Chalet - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

              The Lakeview Chalet - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

              138 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Jack's Hut - Lake Tarawera Heritage Hut
                Jack's Hut - Lake Tarawera Heritage Hut

                Jack's Hut - Lake Tarawera Heritage Hut

                144 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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