The explosive origins of New Zealand are on full display on this exploration of the unique geothermal pools in Rotorua, just over an hour’s drive from Tauranga.
Tauranga, located on the northern New Zealand shore, is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty. Downtown is popular for its history and numerous sights, while the waterfront is always crowded with people sipping their lattes in local cafes, enjoying local dishes in buzzing restaurants, or shaking the stress away in one of the famous Tauranga nightclubs. The shoreline is enriched with Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures taken from the famous Dame Lynley Dodd’s children’s books. Although small, Tauranga is described as an urban city full of life.
But what attracts people from around the globe to this place is its convenient location. In only a few hours, you can reach new, magical worlds, and Back to Nature Tours is here to take you on the journey of a lifetime.
Day Trips from Tauranga
A Visit to a Geothermal Wonderland: Never-before-seen sights are only a couple of hours away from Tauranga – Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland being one of them. As soon as we arrive, you will realise why it deserves the title of one of the most surreal places in the world. As a part of our Geothermal Wonderland Tour, we take you to see volcano-heated pools of bubbling waters. In 6.5 hours, you get to see pools of bubbling mud, coloured springs, and massive volcanic craters. The area can also seem somewhat sinister due to its unique terrace formations and steaming ground that follow you on your walk.
The Journey to Hobbiton: Back to Nature Tours also includes a visit to Hobbiton in one of our day trips from Tauranga, as it is less than one hour away. Even if you are not that big of a Lord of the Rings fan, the mystical land is bound to leave you speechless. Endless green hillside which covers 1.250 acres of land is home to farmers and shepherds. True fans can listen to the story of how Hobbiton began, see where their favourite characters began their journey, visit the Green Dragon Inn and get one-of-a-kind souvenirs. On the other hand, you can take a stroll across the hills and enjoy the views of Kaimai Ranges.