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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 366 6137
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Ranked #3 of 43 attractions in Rotorua
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal system and a destination for... more » Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal system and a destination for travellers of all ages and fitness levels. Created in 1886 as the result of a massive volcanic eruption, Waimangu offers today's travellers a choice of easy self-guided walks through a natural environment of volcanic craters and awesome geothermal activity. Frying Pan Lake is the world's largest hot water spring; stunning Inferno Crater will take your breath away with the beauty of its turquoise blue lake; the environment itself will slow you down and soothe your soul.The more advanced Mt Haszard hike rewards with panoramic views, and our Lake Rotomahana cruise will reveal further geothermal activity that can only be seen from our vessel. Your entrance fee includes interpretive guides in a wide variety of languages for both the walks and the cruise. Our courtesy coach regularly circulates the valley to take you to your Lake Rotomahana Cruise, or back to the Visitor Centre when you've finished your walk, where you can enjoy refreshments in our modern Café or browse for mementos and souvenirs at our gift shop. Depending on how much time you have,your walk or cruise can range from 45 minutes to over 4 hours. « less
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A great walk to the lake that's in reality pretty easy as its mostly down hill. Being a self guided tour you can do at your own pace. The signage is excellent and there's 'lots to see and be amazed at the power of the earth. The lake cruise was also interesting and enjoyable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lovely views, a little bit of a walk. Slightly rigid bus timings. Lots of things to see in the reserve. Didnt take the boat trip so I am unable to comment on it. Entrance fee was reasonably priced. I'll let the photos do the talking.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Downhill easy walk and the bus takes you back up the hill. Self Guided so at your own pace. Interesting facts and mind boggling to know how enormous the blast was that created this valley not that long ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My husband and I are not very mobile at present so could not walk downhill to view ttermal sites. But the boat trip includes bus travel if you wish to use it. Once on the lake the sites give an amazing idea of the volcanic eruption which destroyed the Pink and White Terraces and the subsequent rise in lake levels.... More

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thank you. we were pleased to be able to help you access and enjoy the boat cruise. More

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A great place for visiting, good value and you can spend few hours there for taking some excellent photos~

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thank you. It's a photographers paradise at Waimangu. More

West Chester, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

To see the "bubbling" streams brings a new meaning to the term. The walk was very interesting and enjoyable. the length made it also a good bit of exercise. We went to two thermal parks and enjoyed this one the most.

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thank you. Waimangu is a great place for getting some gentle excerise, as well as being one of the most significant geothermal areas in the World. More

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It's a lovely walk through remarkable scenery and also the boat ride is nice and informative. I guess the entrance fee is acceptable considering that paths, boat etc. need to be as well maintained as they are.

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thank you. Yes, there is a tremendous amount of work required to provide and maintain the services and amenities for visitors to Waimangu More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Saturday, November 16, 2013 we drove 20 minutes south from Rotorua to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley (http://www.waimangu.co.nz). 69 degrees F The Rotorua-Taupo region (“Taupo Volcanic Zone”) is characterized by volcanic and geothermal features that are a result of its lying on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” This Ring of Fire marks in New Zealand the boundary between the Pacific tectonic... More

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Owner at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thanks for your fabulous review. You definitely understand the significance of Waimangu in World terms More

San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

quite expensive (like most activities in New Zealand - which seems absurd given the miles and miles of incredibly gorgeous, spectacular FREE hikes throughout the country's national parks) but this is so unique, it is worth it.

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

I agree, NZ has to be one of the most beautiful and peacful places in the World. More

Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This the fourth time I' ve visited in the past 40 years and I wasn't dissapointed. The downhill walking was easy and the information stations were well explained in the handouts. The thermal areas were not as exciting as I remembered and I was a bit floored at the entrance fee of $35NZ, but at the end of the day... More

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Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting four times in 40 years. I guess that its been at least 20 years since your last visit, because the bus service has been in place since 1990! More

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