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Totally Tarawera

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand
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About Totally Tarawera
YOUR CULTURE & NATURE CONNECTION Discover the natural, cultural and historical wonders of Lake Tarawera with our range of guided and unguided experiences. Take a water taxi to stunning Hot Water Beach, hike the famous Tarawera Trail, take a journey of cultural discovery with our exclusive Ancestral Footprints Tour or spend a few nights at one of our luxury glamping sites. Lake Tarawera is home to some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes. Mount Tarawera itself stands sentinel over a landscape of native New Zealand bush, natural hot springs, waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife. Let us help you to discover this natural wonderland by boat or on foot.
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Sue Bee wrote a review Apr 2021
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Great experience with Totally Tarawera. We were picked up as planned on time and delivered back to the designated drop off spot. Staff friendly and efficient.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from totallytarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your review we appreciate you doing it. Pleased you enjoyed your experience. Regards, Captain Dave
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Donghee L wrote a review Apr 2021
20 contributions8 helpful votes
Booked a water taxi pickup from Hot Water Beach. Booking was very straightforward and staff were lovely. We had a slight incident of a group not showing up on time for the boat - personally I would’ve been quite irked but TT staff went above and beyond to ensure the stragglers were taken care of. Boat ride was smooth and comfortable, and the shuttle back to the car park was much appreciated. Thanks again for a great way to end the Tarawera walk! Best of luck to your new deckhand-in-training :)
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from totallytarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your review. I do appreciate you taking the time to review our business here at Lake Tarawera. I it great that you enjoyed our complete service from the boating to the free shuttle back to your vehicle. As people are walking our trails we do have a responsibility to make sure they are safe if they do not turn up. it does take a bit of effort when there is limited cell coverage. My deckhand (my granddaughter) is doing well and is getting more confident all the time. Thanks Captain Dave
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janpieterkaren wrote a review Apr 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand298 contributions51 helpful votes
We hiked the trail first and took the water taxi back to the Landing. The water was quite choppy, which turned it into quite an exciting ride. Fortunately the helmsman was very capable.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from totallytarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your review. People thinks lakes are always calm but they can be rough with the wrong winds. Pleased you felt safe and enjoyed the Tarawera Trail walk. Regards, Captain Dave
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Tracey Robbie wrote a review Mar 2021
New Zealand1 contribution
Had an amazing weekend! From the moment we stepped foot on the Water Taxi to the moment we stepped off again at end of weekend. The hosts were amazing and made you feel like you were old friends.thanks Wayne for taking the extra time to take us on a tiki tour around the lake on our way back.was awesome learning about some of the history to the place,food was amazing.bed was so so good.nothing better than lying in the hammock in the sun with a book during the day.we got to experience Wallabies hopping around the tent at night with the possums.was a unique and exciting experience.Loved our first wedding anniversary weekend away!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from totallytarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks guys for your review of your stay at our Kanuka Glamping site here at Lake Tarawera. We are really pleased you enjoyed your experience so much. As you are on our tribal lands we see it our obligation to make your stay the best it could be so we are pleased you had a great experience. Well done for your first anniversary. Maybe we will see you back for another one in the future. All the best, Captain Dave
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Eddie J wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand21 contributions
We did the 2 hour Discovery Tour with Totally Tarawera. An excellent experience on, and in, the water. We'd been to the Buried Village the day before and had learned all about Guide Sophia - one of the famous guides who took 19th century tourists out to the Pink and White Terraces and who saved so many lives when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886. So it was amazing (and typical of New Zealand, where 2 (rather than 6) degrees of separation applies..) that Totally Tarawera was founded by Sophia's great grand-daughter. Lake Tarawera is such a beautiful place. I'd definitely recommend that you bring swimming gear on this tour - we stopped off at two hot pools and were also able to have a swim in the lake itself. Lovely! And great to learn more about the history of the area - all courtesy of our excellent guide. Nice to have options to walk back to the start point from the various stops on the way (via the Tarawera Trail). But we just stuck with the boat option there and back. Thoroughly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from totallytarawera, Owner at Totally Tarawera
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks for your wonderful and descriptive review. As we are passionate about our Whenua and our families that walked and guided on this land before us, we also are proud to do the same for you. We love taking guests on our Discovery tour because it is a way to share the incredible history and stories. On top of that there is nothing better then being able to take you to one of our natural hot pools in the bush for a relaxing soak. It was great having you at our place. Regards, Captain Dave
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