Rotorua is a great destination for travellers looking for active holidays. This geothermal wonderland offers a wide variety of unique experiences and is the hub of Maori culture. The highlight of this escape is a tour to White Island marine volcano.
Enjoy a full day exploring some of Rotorua's natural wonders and scenic highlights on a day trek through the internationally renowned Whirinaki Forest, situated on the edge of the Te Urewera National Park. This guided walk through New Zealand’s finest example of native pedocarp forest was cited by English botanist and environmentalist, David Bellamy, as one of his most loved forests in the world. You’ll walk through towering rimu, totara and kahikatea trees as you follow a pristine river to an impressive waterfall and breathtaking canyon. Later in the day, there is the opportunity to soak in a natural hot spring (time permitting). The trek is rated as easy to moderate fitness level.
Travel north to the coastal town of Whakatane where you join your luxury launch for the 80 minute cruise to the active, marine volcano of White Island, estimated to be between 100-200,000 years old. On the way out, you’ll be issued with your safety gear including hard hat & gas mask. Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. Walking on White Island is like walking on the moon. Virtually no vegetation survives the harsh acidic environment inside the crater walls. Instead, lush beds of yellow and white sulphur crystals grow amongst hissing, steaming, bubbling fumaroles. Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory. To top it all off, you’ll venture right up to the main crater’s edge. On your trip home you might even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the NZ Fur Seal. This is an absolutely awesome day out!
The geothermal region of Rotorua has enchanted visitors from all over the world for more than 160 years. There are numerous optional activities to enjoy during your leisure time including trout fishing, mountain biking, golf, luge riding, visits to thermal reserves to name but a few. A traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural show is highly recommended if you have time.
- Category: Adventure Holiday
- Avge Rating: 5 (1 Reviews)
- From: Rotorua to Rotorua
- Duration: 4 Days
- Valid: 10 Mar 2016 to 30 Apr 2017
- Tour Code: SBROT4A
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- Day1 On arrival, make your way to your accommodation at Regent of Rotorua Hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights.
- Day2Enjoy a full day guided trek of the Whirinaki forest. Includes transport, lunch, snacks & drinks.
- Day3 Cruise & tour of White Island Volcano including packed lunch
- Day4 Free time for some last minute sightseeing before departing Rotorua for your next destination.
Short Break Inclusions
- 3 nights boutique accommodation at the Regent of Rotorua Hotel
- Guided trek through the Whirinaki Forest with lunch included
- Day trip to White Island Volcano including transport, cruise, guided tour & packed lunch
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. Airport transfers are at your own expense, read our FAQ's for more information. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.
Short Break Small Print
Valid for the following travel periods:
- 10th March 2016 to 30th September 2016 (NZ $1203 pp)
- 1st October 2016 to 30th April 2017 (NZ $1243 pp)
Accommodation & activities are offered subject to availability at the time of booking. A credit card deposit is required to secure a booking. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions.
Experience Whirinaki Forest & White Island Reviews
Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 1 Reviews. Average Rating 5.0 of 5.
5We took the 4 days short break in New Zealand through Relaxing Journeys. I've got to admit I was little apprehensive to pay over $2,300 on blind faith. Fortunately, Relaxing Journey did not let me down. Every communication, was in a timely manner, hotel accommodation is as stated on the quote. The 'White Island Tour' is awesome, anyone who visits New Zealand needs to make time to take this tour. The second tour we took was the trail walk in the Whirinaki Forest, it is a long walk but you can walk at your own pace and you are in with all the hundreds of year old trees, crisp waterfalls, birds singing as your company. After the long walk our tour guide (Mr. Callum Groves, from Walking Legends who is very knowledgeable and nice) took us to a natural thermal pool to have a dip, he served us champagne in the thermal pool, that was a wonderful ending. I highly recommended this short tour.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If I want check availability on this short break what do I do?
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Can I book things like internal flights & car hire to go with my short break if it's not included?
Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish - or you can just book the short break 'as is', and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking 'Confirm Availability' on the right of this page.
What about airport transfers? If not, what would you recommend we do on arrival?
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a 'Short Break Voucher' shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure - 25%
21-10 days prior to departure - 35%
9 days or less prior to departure - 50%
Why should I book this short break with Relaxing Journeys?
That's a no-brainer! All of the short break holidays on our website are exclusive and unique to Relaxing Journeys. We are New Zealands' leading inbound touring specialist, with an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand and it's regions. Our expertise will ensure your New Zealand holiday is second to none, and we have locals on the ground in NZ in case anything needs attending to while you are here.