Sustainable, Climate Friendly tours in New Zealand.
Our touring vehicle is a Tesla Model 3. Stylish, comfortable, and very quiet. Experience the technology of a 100% electric vehicle with zero carbon emissions and know you are being kind to the environment while exploring the beautiful, natural country of Aotearoa.
Since 2018, Little Green Tours goal is to offer an environmentally friendly, 100% sustainable, tour option for visitors to New Zealand. Our ethos is to respect the environment and care for nature by treading lightly and leaving a gentle footprint. We support the Tiaki Promise to care for people, place and culture, and travel with an open heart and mind. We practise Manaakitanga showing respect, kindness and hospitality to all.
We have travelled extensively overseas, experiencing other countries, being entertained and captivated by the people sharing the stories of the culture, history and countryside. We want to extend that friendship and knowledge to visitors of our country. We’ve travelled all over New Zealand and we know all the major tourist spots that people want to see, but we also know the hidden gems found off the beaten track. We don’t always travel the main roads and we like to take it slowly so you can get to see what real New Zealand looks like. We can stop spontaneously to see animals frolic, take in a vista, watch hay being baled, or just to stretch the legs. We allow time, and don’t travel for hours each day, so you can arrive at your destination refreshed.
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We know Rotorua very well and can design an itinerary to show you the highlights of this area. Our Day Tours can take in many of the best features of Rotorua from its geothermal activity and Pohutu Geyser or the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, to a walk through a living Maori Village inhabited by descendants of the first arrivals in New Zealand.
You have the option of an authentic Maori meal and entertainment in the evening.
We can show you some of the natural highlights of the deepest natural fresh water springs in the North Island, the Redwood Treewalk which is a series of platforms and swing bridges suspended in the canopy of 100 year old Redwood trees, or a drive around some of the 16 natural lakes formed through volcanic activity over centuries.
Tours designed for international travelers include:
~ Hamurana Springs, Redwood Treewalk (day walk), Te Puia Cultural Centre, Waimangu Volcanic Valley (including Boat ride on the lake) kiwi style picnic lunch, Te Wairoa Buried village, Mt Tarawera view from Lake Tarawera, Redwood Treewalk (night walk)
~ Ohinemutu Maori Village, Hamurana Springs, Redwood Treewalk (day walk) Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Mud pools, Te Wairoa Buried Village, Te Puia dinner and guided tour.
Rotorua is an easy reach to other tourist areas such as Waitomo and the famous Glowworm Caves, or Hobbiton, the recreated movie set of Lord of the Rings, or Lake Taupo gateway to the mountains of the Central Plateau and home to the largest lake in the North Island.
We are happy to design a special Day Tour for you to take in the specific things you want to see, in the comfort of our luxury vehicle complete with driver and guide to share information, education, and stories along the way.
1.Orakei Korako Thermal Valley, Aratiatia rapids, Lava Glass
- Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hot swim at Waikite Thermal Pools. Includes a picturesque drive through farmland and countryside with views of geothermal activity along the way.
- Hamilton Gardens, and High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate
We know getting to New Zealand can be tiring, so we can arrange to greet you at Auckland International Airport and welcome you to New Zealand. We can then transport you to Rotorua, our home, and your base for the next part of your holiday. You won’t have to negotiate our roads or navigate yourselves in unfamiliar places. You can sit back, relax, enjoy the countryside and learn about New Zealand from us while you recover from your flight and be transported in comfort and quiet in our Tesla.
These tours are designed to show you the highlights of the North Island.
We can greet you in Auckland spend the next 8 days experiencing the best that the North Island has to offer.
A suggested itinerary could include:
Day 1and 2: Coromandel: Lost Springs, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, New Chums beach, Driving Creek Railway. Accommodation in Whitianga
Day 3: Hobbiton: Lord of the Rings movie set in the heart of the Waikato area. Accommodation in Cambridge
Day 4: Waitomo Caves: The famous Glowworm grotto and caves, Mangapohue natural bridge, a Lavender farm. Accommodation at Chateau Tongariro, Central North Island
Day 5: Lake Taupo: Central plateau and Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe. Could include a ride up the Sky Waka, a gondola, to the top of the mountain for lunch, or a boat ride on Lake Taupo to see ancient Maori carvings or to watch an expert glassblower at Lava Glass and walk through the glass sculpture garden. Accommodation Kapowai Cottage, Rotorua
Day 6 and 7: Rotorua: 2 days to explore some of the many attractions and highlights of Rotorua. Government Gardens, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Te Wairoa Buried Village, Te Puia Cultural Centre, Redwood Treewalk, Hamurana Springs or Whakarewarewa Living Village. A soak in one of the many geothermally heated mineral hot pools. Dinner at the top of the Gondola overlooking Rotorua city and Lake. Accommodation Kapowai Cottage, Rotorua. Accommodation
Day 8: We will return you to Auckland or Rotorua Airport for a connecting flight to continue your New Zealand experience.
Any of the Days for the above tour can be substituted.
- Gisborne: to see the sunrise first in New Zealand, stunning white beaches, and New Zealand’s first 100% biodynamic winery, Millton Estate. Could include a trip around the East Cape to see New Zealand’s oldest Pohutukawa Tree in majestic flower, or a hike up the East Cape Lighthouse, the Eastern most point of the country, or
- Napier: a major wine growing region with more than 200 vineyards, to visit and sample the incredible wines and food of this region or
- Onward journey to Wellington from Hawkes Bay, through rugged countryside, farmland and small towns, where you can continue your travels in New Zealand.
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Kapowai (Dragonfly)Cottage -Tranquility near the lake
Little Green Tours peaceful and cosy ,self contained cottage accommodation is completely yours for the duration of your stay. It is situated in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of Lake Rotorua, away from the main sulphur smells notorious in our town.
The two bedroom cottage is a home away from home with everything you need to relax, with a fully equipped kitchen, a modern bathroom, comfortable beds and plenty of delightful nature walks nearby.
Kapowai Cottage is also an ideal base to safely leave your belonging while you take the next few days to explore the incredible geothermal wonders and Maori culture of the historic tourism hub that is Rotorua.
We recommend you add a Rotorua Day Tour or a multi destination tour to continue your travel experience with Little Green Tours.
Maybe take a few days to stopover in the Coromandel Peninsula, or visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves or Hobbiton movie set on the way. Little Green Tours can provide a custom-made tour taking in exactly what you want to experience in your time and with your budget with a dedicated and friendly driver and guide to escort you.
***** Had a fabulous stay in this perfect home by the lake. Our hosts Ali & Marc couldn’t do enough for us. We definitely recommend their Little Green Tour around all of the top places to visit. Amazing time! George & Christine UK
***** What an amazing stay. Little Green Tours, Kapowai, your company and superb organisation, Thank you for everything and introducing us so superbly to Rotorua. We leave with dragging feet. Jo & Wynne UK
***** Thank you for making our stay in Rotorua a very memorable one The welcome breakfast items, bathroom essentials, and all the details you’ve provided are tremendously appreciated. We even noticed the little birds that hang out in the tree with the orange. Most importantly we couldn’t get enough of the amazing view – Denise , Crystal and Louela USA
***** What a view of the fast-changing clouds and the lake – you might not ever leave the house! Clean with everything (plus extras) that you need for a comfortable stay. Ali and Marc care about their guests and it shows! Thanks! Leah and Neal Chicago USA