Experience beautiful Lake Tarawera on Sophia, our 12m lake cruise boat.

A cruise on Lake Tarawera not only gives you access to one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand but introduces you to the amazing Maori cultural and geothermal history of this area.

Cruise the lake or add a Hot Water Beach stopover for a thermal soak or barbecue.

You can choose, sun and fresh air on the top deck, or relax on the sheltered lower deck.Your skipper and friendly hosts will introduce you to the natural highlights and fascinating history of the area.


  • Indoor table seating
  • 360 degree upper deck viewing
  • Morning tea, lunch or barbecue options
  • Multi TV audio visual for story telling
  • 60 passenger capacity
  • "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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