Tours of Rotorua’s true highlights

No queues or entrance fees

Rotorua’s ‘one-stop-shop’ tourism company

Small groups, relaxed atmosphere

A genuine Kiwi travel experience

Informative and friendly driver guides

Comfortable and spacious mini-coaches


Kia Ora,

I’m Stephen Julian, founder and guide at Real Rotorua. I started this company because of the lack of down to-earth tour options in my hometown. I belive that this beautiful district is more than the sum of its paid attractions, and I wanted visitors to Rotorua to see the places that my mother used to take me as a child.

I have had a number of different jobs and businesses over the years. I have been a truck driver, owned a cleaning company and delivered tank water to rural properties. Nowadays I use a combination of all my learnt skills and experiences; driving tourist around, providing them with refreshments and cleaning up afterwards … and I have never been happier!

Travelling and exploring new places has always been a hobby of mine. I spent a year back-packing around the world and I met my wife – Rosa – in Colombia, where I then  lived for several years. Whenever I came back to Rotorua I was always impressed by how much there is to see and do here, even without paying a single entrance fee.

Nowadays, I have my own tour company, yet still spend my weekends taking the kids off the beaten track and getting to know all the best non-commercial spots.

Join me on one of my Real Rotorua tours and let me show you this amazing place that I call home.

Ngā mihi,


We also provide personalised tours and minibus services to private and family groups. Contact us now for details and prices, or make a booking.