• Geyser Link Rotorua

    Explore Rotorua geysers and mud pools including Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu.

    Let our BALL Team drivers Bring Alive Local Legends and transport you to Rotorua’s leading attractions

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  • Larnach Castle, Dunedin Tours

    Travel to some of Dunedin’s top attractions with Headfirst Travel.

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  • Catlins Coaster

    Explore the Catlins Coast from Dunedin or Invercargill.

    Return day trip from Dunedin.

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  • Waitomo Wanderer

    Departing from Auckland and Rotorua, travel with us to the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton.

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Early bird express tours to Hobbiton Movie Set departing from Rotorua or Auckland.

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  • As a company Headfirst Travel offer unforgettable travel experiences for visitors to New Zealand in a way they won't find anywhere else.
    Our core purpose is to Bring Alive Local Legends (BALL) for visitors while transporting them to exciting destinations & attractions via our entertaining BALL Team (Special Bus Drivers with the 'juice' who want their passengers to have a ball).
    From the wild Catlins Coast, Dunedin and Oamaru in the south to the cultural cauldron of Rotorua, Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves in the North.
    Plenty to experience in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Featured Experiences

  • Testimonials

    • I’m very impressed with your service and integrity. You took myself and grandson to Hamilton on Wednesday on a daytrip on which only the 2 of us were booked. Incredible integrity! I would have completely understood if you had contacted me a couple of days before and said ‘well we can’t afford to take just the 2 of you, how about something different’. Allan was the perfect host/driver, careful, courteous, interested and interesting and I would recommend your company to anyone on the basis our our experience. Thank you for a most enjoyable, if exhausting (due to me having to keep up with an active 8 year old) day.

      Rotorua School Holidays Fun
    • We had a great day out with headfirst. Our Driver Christine was the best! She was very knowledgeable about the area, and was hilarious! She was so sweet and went out of her way to ensure we had a great time. First stop was to see the mud baths which were awesome. Followed by the Lady Geyser (just a heads up, don’t sit up front unless you want to get splashed!)
      After that we went to Wai-O-Tapu which was incredible. My favourite was the devils bath which is a bright green lake.
      The next place we went to was Waimangu. This one has a beautiful hike where you can see panoamric views in the distance. As well as gorgeous streams and more geothermal activity. They also have a bus system that gets you to the different points quicker and more efficient. A great day in Rotorua!


      Best tour to see Geothermal Wonderland!
    • Excellent customer service! We booked way back in January for 4, but one of us can’t make it and it was so easy to request for cancellation and refund. Moreover, one of our friend had to do remote emergency work, and we were able to request some special pick up arrangements at no extra cost. Shout out to our drivers/guides Paul and Allan.

      The tour groups they are arranging are small hence it was more “private”. I think based on my comparison of group tours, they were most cost effective as well.

      If you will be in Rotorua, do book them. I had some apprehensions way back when I was booking because there were few reviewers compared to the more established one (though most of the reviews for headfirst are 5 stars). But I’m glad that I booked them.

      Booked for waiotapu/waimangu/mitai day tour and waitomo/ruaruki/hobbiton/transfer tour.

      Maria Carmina G

      Easy visit in Rotorua
    • The online booking process with Headfirst was fast and seamless. They were easy to find at the cruise terminal, and well organised. Staff were very knowledgable on the locations we toured and there was not a doubt we would be well taken care of!
      We toured Larnach Castle which was gorgeous and well worth a visit. We also used the ‘Hop on, hop off’ bus tour which took us to several local landmarks, giving us the option of spending how ever much time at each landmark as we wanted.
      The bus drivers were excellent tour directors were very informative.
      I wouldn’t hesitate touring with Headfirst again. Highly recommended.
      Susan R

      Larnach Castle & Dunedin highlights – Excellent!
    • We were very lucky to visit Dunedin on the rainy morning but with beautiful sunshine in the afternoon. When we arrived at Larnach Castle, it was foggy and hard see 10m away. However we feel this castle is worth visiting, especially with such a nice and knowledgeable guide Dick. With his story and background information about the castle, we feel the castle and garden on foggy day match the whole scene. Thank you Dick. We also joined the city tour and enjoyed a quick look at beautiful railway station and botanic garden and Otago university. Thank you Headfirst to make our cruise ship excursions so perfect!

      Very impressive Castle with interesting story behind, Dunedin
    • We chose this over Wai-O-Tapu as everyone at our accommodation said it was a more natural experience…and they were right! Although the path for the walk is well cared for and safe. The surrounding bush and thermal features are untouched and there is lot to see with many info boards at each point.
      The complete walk to the lake is around 4.5k (more if you detour up to the top crater).
      Well worth doing as it was very quiet when we were there and we saw hardly a soul as most people seem to just get on the bus to the lake!
      The boat trip was also great as you get to see some geysers etc. which are not visible on the walk. Alan our boat captain was a mine of information, full of facts and figures about the park and the entire volcanic area around. He was cheerful and amusing and entirely fascinating.
      It’s not cheap to go here, but we find a lot of New Zealand to be so and this is one trip worth paying for.

      Excellent all natural experience, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    • We went to the Thermal Wonderland for the Lady Knox geyser. To be honest, the geyser having to be triggered manually was kind of unnatural albeit still a sight. However we were blown away by the riot of colour and the misty look of the Champagne Pool. The faint smell of sulphur just added to the surreal experience. Then there is this pool that looks invitingly Emerald Green only to be told it’s really acidic. This is truly a Thermal Wonderland. Well worth the time to visit and experience.

      Siew Hong Tang, Wai-O-Tapu Rotorua
    • Hi there,
      The kids had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the bus, the driver was fantastic and knowledgeable and we learnt some interesting facts about the city we have lived in all our lives.
      All in all a fantastic time had by all.
      I actually saw a Facebook post advertising your special.

      Double Decker Fun Tour Dunedin
    • Hi, I heard about your bus tour through googling “school holiday activities in Dunedin 2020”. We had a great time thanks 🙂 The commentary was very informative and it was great to be able to hop off and see Baldwin St and the University. I recommended it to a friend and she took her 4 children on Monday 13th July. 🙂

      Thanks again, Claire Hewson

      Claire Hewson, Dunedin
    • I loved my journey out to Larnach Castle…. and the warm small bus with its fantastic upright views. We had a relaxed, knowledgeable, friendly guide.
      It was great to hear of Dunedins interesting and business history on the way , plus William Larnach’s financial working life.
      One can imagine as driving along ….the past, the isolated and long journey travelling (primitively) to the castle. But also the brave moves concerning building and starting new lives here in Dunedin.
      All the tragedies connected to Larnach castle, which you were well informed of , in an educational, personal way made the experience even more interesting.
      Well Done Headfirst.

      Tracy Jones, Dunedin
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