Posted June 25th, 2014, 09:26 PM
Last edited by OzKiwiJJ; June 25th, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Probably the Intimate Rotorua one. As you say, jet boats and cameras are not a good combination. Plus that tour is a lot shorter.
From what I read about the tour, first you go to Waiotapu thermal area, which is just to the south of Rotorua. It's my favourite of all the thermal areas. You'll see some beautiful and unusual scenery there. You should get some great photos.
The you go out on Lake Rotorua for a lunch cruise. This lake isn't quite as spectacular as some of the others in the area but if it's a nice day you'll get some lovely views of the town and the edges of the volcanic caldera in which Rotorua sits. Can't remember exactly where the Lakeland Queen goes on that lunch cruise though and how close it gets to the shore. I assume you'll be carrying a decent telephoto lense though.
Whakarewarewa is also very interesting, with Maori culture and thermal activity, and should also provide some interesting photo opportunities.
I hope you enjoy whichever tour you choose. Tauranga and Rotorua are lovely parts of NZ. One day really isn't enough to do them justice.