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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.
Make the most of your time at Mount Tarawera. Below is a list of some of the top things to do:
Examine our Rotorua things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Situated in Lake Okareka, this vacation home is close to Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Lake Rotokakahi. Local attractions also include Buried Village.
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).