Totally Tarawera is a whānau (family) owned and operated business here at Lake Tarawera in Rotorua, New Zealand.

We take great pride in warmly welcoming manuhiri (visitors) to our region. Manaakitanga (hospitality) is one of the core values that drives the way we do business especially on our own tribal lands here at Tarawera. As hosts, we care for our customers and our team as our own whānau.

Our tourism roots extend back to when our ancestors were the guides for many of the first Europeans coming to visit New Zealand’s first tourism attraction, the “Pink and White Terraces,” then considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Karen, our Head Guide, is a granddaughter of Sofia – one of Rotorua’s most famous local tourism guides. Tourism allows us to host manuhiri, reconnect with our roto (lakes), ngāmaunga (mountain) and provide lasting memories for our customers.

Through our storytelling based experiences we are also able to share one of our tribe’s most precious treasures –the stories of our traditions.

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri, ā muri ake nei

For us and our children after us


Find Us
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We are located in Mariners House, on Tarawera Road, above The Landing Cafe.
It’s around a 15 minute drive from Rotorua Central, past the Redwood Forest and Blue Lake.

Tarawera Trail Car Park – Van SHUTTLE Pick Up or Drop Off point for the Tarawera Trail 

Water Taxi Departure Point – Kariri Point Reserve/Boat Shed Bay 

+64 7 362 8080

  • "Our hiking group really enjoyed the Tarewera Trail and the excellent service of the taxi boat. The taxi arrive on time and the shuttle to the car park was waiting for us in Tarawera landing, it was a really nice trip. The staff was very friendly." - Javier R
    Excellent service. Highly recommended   -   August 2021
  • "Excellent service and we were picked up on time. Free shuttle service from the landing to the car park. Friendly staff." - Ronil P
    Excellent   -   August 2021
  • "Great service that was easy to book. The taxi arrived in good time at Hot Water Beach and the shuttle was waiting after the journey to take us back to the car park. I feel confident to use the service again for other trips on the lake!" - Jane F
    Great Service   -   July 2021
  • "Brilliant service, fast comfortable boat, Captain Dave very informative, really useful pick-up from the Tarawera Trail carpark."  - Chris Tyler
    Exceptional Service, Lovely Bush Walk, Hot Pools   -   July 2021
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