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Interesting and beautiful

We visited as part of a tour group, so I'm not sure of the actual cost. Our visit started with a walk. It was perhaps 20 minutes long and downhill; it was not too strenuous, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We visited as part of a tour group, so I'm not sure of the actual cost. Our visit started with a walk. It was perhaps 20 minutes long and downhill; it was not too strenuous, but our guide offered the opportunity to skip the walk. A few including Gia did this, and they saw completely different stuff on a boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Absolutely worth $35, even on a rainy day! As you enter, you receive a brochure listing the various sites and formations that are numbered for your convenience. It was very helpful for me since I do not have a strong geology background, but seek to learn more! I stayed in Rotorua, not realizing the valley was 30 minutes away -... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My wife and I very much enjoyed our visit to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The abundant flora is lush and primeval -- like something out of the Jurassic period, and the geothermal landscape is striking. The multi-colored geothermal springs and lakes --giving off their eerie mists -- are attractive and fascinating. We did only half of the walk down to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is defiantly one to put on your list. This is the best attraction in Rotorua. It covers a large area. You need to spend a day here as the road is a little challenging but doable. There is a bus that you can get to and back with stops on the way if walking is a problem. Wonderful photo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Definitely something great to do outdoors in the area! It is a great walk-although definitely expensive to enter the park. The thermal pools are amazing to learn about and explore and although they smell at times it is a great experience of New Zealand.

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Aurora, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is actually one of many 'cauldrons' or hot springs pools in the Waimangu Park. There is an entrance fee (I believe 40$ NZD) which allowed for an entire day int he park. The park is a long basic trail that actually splits into 3 different hikes, all leading back to particular areas within the park. The maps given are... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We visited early on a calm sunny day...beautiful. Make sure you take the optional walk up Mt Haszard..not too steep but definitely worth the view from the top. Also go all the way to the lake..a wonderful stroll along a meandering stream where we were lucky enough to see plenty of fantails darting amongst the steam..lovely. Lake Rotomahana....a lovely stop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The walk takes quite a while and has a few steep places but it's a great way to encounter the natural outcomes of all that thermal activity. We loved the scenery, and it's obviously safer that people are provided with a well marked path, but I think the cost is a bit too high, hence 4 stars.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Was very expensive and not value for money. Attitude of staff very mediocre. Weather also plays a big part in the success of a trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is truly a wonderful place to visit. The walk is a gentle walk and the sights along the way are spectacular. The volcanic colours in the pools and mountains are amazing. I love the sulphur smell however some people are not at all keen on it. It is a very cleansing smell. Well worth a visit.

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