Rotorua Volcanoes New Zealand - Information about the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Volcanoes in Rotorua NZ.

Volcanoes Near Rotorua

Rotorua, Taupo and much of the central North Island lie in an area geologists call the Taupo Volcanic Zone. It is a very distinctive area of mountains, lakes and a landscape that everywhere bears the trace of volcanic activity. Gerald Cubitt and Les Molloy, the authors of "Wild New Zealand", have the following to say about the area:

"The Taupo Volcanic Zone can be thought of as a southern terminus of the great Pacific Ring of Fire which extends down the western Pacific from the Tongan Islands through the Kermadec Islands to the Bay of Plenty. The Zone contains, in White Island and Tongariro National Park, some of the most continuously active volcanoes in the world."
Within the Taupo Volcanic Zone there are three volcanoes still active: Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngarahoe (all are located in Tongariro National Park). All three have erupted fairly often in the last few hundred years. Ruapehu and Ngarahoe are two of the most continuously active composite volcanoes in the world.

Volcanic eruptions have been the cause of two very well known disasters in the last 150 years. The Mount Tarawera Eruption in 1886 that famously destroyed the Pink and White Terraces also killed over 150 people near Rotorua. On Christmas Eve, 1953, an eruption of Ruapehu created a lahar (mud-lava flow) that destroyed a railway bridge and caused New Zealand's worst ever rail disaster.

Today early warning systems are in place; the monitoring of seismic activity, and the temperatures and chemical activity of crater lakes provide information in order for action to be taken before volcanic events.

Featured Rotorua Volcanic Tours and Activities

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Day Tour - Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Starting from NZ $37.00 per adult

Prime Rotorua tourist attraction, Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers self guided tours through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, volcanic craters and many more geothermal features.We are just 20 minutes South of Rotorua and 40 minutes North of Taupo. More...

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $290.00 per person

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit the Lake Tarawera lookout and see boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Along the way, you'll learn all about volcanology, New Zealand's stunning flora and fauna, and Maori history from your naturalist guide.


Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Air Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $235.00 per person

Fly high over breathtaking volcanic landscapes on an unforgettable 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. See New Zealand's world-famous volcanic scenery as you fly over spectacular Mt. Tarawera, the Blue and Green Lakes, and the gurgling geysers of Whakarewareewa Thermal Reserve. Flying at a time to suit you, this scenic air tour will fit into even the busiest of itineraries. More...

Thermal Wonderland from Rotorua with Hobbiton, Waimangu Add-On

Thermal Wonderland from Rotorua with Hobbiton, Waimangu Add-On

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $79.00 per person

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your options include half or full-day tours to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and/or Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also add on the Hobbiton Movie Set tour in the afternoon.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland includes Lady Knox Geyser and your chance to walk around on your own and explore all the unique lakes, pools, craters and walkways that the park has to offer.

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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

Half-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $155.00 per person

Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along well-groomed trails that skirt volcanic craters and natural hot pools in a surreal range of vibrant colors. Witness the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser and take in the highlights of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Small-group tour limited to a maximum of 12 people allows for a more customized experience with your expert guide. More...

Koutu Beach Bed and BreakfastKoutu Beach Bed and Breakfast - Bed and Breakfast.

Offering a private beach area and water sports facilities, that is complemented with free bikes, Koutu Beach Bed and...

Shore Excursion Port Tauranga to RotoruaShore Excursion Port Tauranga to Rotorua - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $1250.00 per person.

This tour is ideal for family groups or friends travelling together who want to do different things in Rotorua. Maximum...


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