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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu provided by Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
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from $22.34 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Independent travelers interested in exploring Rotorua at your own pace—this is the one for you! Go on a self-guided adventure through Waimangu, and see its incredible geothermal highlights, such as Inferno Crater Lake, Lake Rotomahana, and Frying Pan Lake. No need to worry about missing out on guide commentary—you’ll receive a guide sheet that provides information about geothermal features, and native plant and animal life along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish, Dutch
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish, Dutch
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Set the pace of your Waimangu adventures with this self-guided tour
Don’t miss out on any valuable information—a guide sheet is provided
See incredible geothermal landmarks, including Inferno Crater Lake
Enjoy the perk of a shuttle bus transfer back to the trailhead at the end of the hike
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29182P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Admission Fee for Self-Guided Walk • Guide Sheet • Internal Shuttle Bus • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks (available to purchase) • Transport to/from attractions
Duration
2h
Departure details
587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand Come into the Waimangu Visitor Center and see our reception staff
Inclusions
Admission Fee for Self-Guided Walk • Guide Sheet • Internal Shuttle Bus • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks (available to purchase) • Transport to/from attractions
Departure details
587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand Come into the Waimangu Visitor Center and see our reception staff
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required. Passenger must provide their own carer.
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    587 Waimangu Road
    587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand
    Come into the Waimangu Visitor Center and see our reception staff
    See address & details
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    Waimangu Volcanic Valley
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Check in at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and pick up your Wanderer Guide. You may also like to download the free Waimangu App. Then follow the walking trails through the valley at your own pace. There are a number of different options to take depending on how much time and energy you have. Marvel at the stunning geothermal attractions as you learn about the history and legacy of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the Tarawera eruption and the now hidden Pink and White Terraces.
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    587 Waimangu Road
    587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand
    Come into the Waimangu Visitor Center and see our reception staff
    See address & details
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zden009
Pinehill, New Zealand9 contributions
Best geo-thermal park in Rotorua
Apr 2021
Have been to all of the geo thermal parks in Rotorua and this is the best walk! beautiful landscapes and detailed description of the attractions. Great for couples and families.
Written April 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks very much for that fantastic review and your recommendation to future travellers in the area. We are rapt to have had you through for a visit and we hope that we will see you back again sometime in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Camper818196
5 contributions
Wonderful trip
Apr 2021 • Couples
The staff at the cafe were excellent and gave us detailed information and recommendations.
The walk itself was beautiful and the information provided was very accessible. Just enough to read! The scenery was wonderful and the walk easy.
The cruise at the end was relaxing and we also learned a lot on this! Only recommendation would be for the tour guide on the boat regarding pronunciation of words in Te Reo.
Awesome day out!
Written April 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review and feedback - we really appreciate it. We take onboard your feedback. Looks like you had a great visit overall which we are so pleased to see. Hope to see you back again at some stage again in future for another visit.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tooktheredpill
Auckland, New Zealand122 contributions
Pretty good.
Apr 2021
If you are after the best photo of inferno crater the best time (we went Apr 3) would be mid to late afternoon when the crater is more likely to be in full sun. Even at midday it was still mostly shaded by the cliffs. My guess is that late Dec would be the best time of year as the sun is further south. The rest of the walk was good with a mini geyser and frying pan lake being other highlights. The only bummer was that we just missed the bus (every hr near lunchtime) so we just walked back. The kids were pretty good about it
Written April 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great to have you through for a visit Simon and thanks for taking the time to post your review and notes for future visitors. Sorry to see that you missed one of the shuttle buses but pleased to see that you walked back to the visitor centre ok on your own. Hope to see you back again to check on Inferno Crater and the best light for taking photos soon.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amypie71
Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand49 contributions
Superb value for money
Mar 2021
We didn't expect the experience that we got. Superb value for money, loved the long walk down through the valley past the different art on display and seeing all the scenery, craters and bubbling pools. Amazing nature and landscapes, thoroughly enjoyed it and the knowledgable bus driver that picked us up at the bottom was excellent. Can totally recommend it.
Written March 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to post your review - we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit and recommend a visit for other travellers to the area. We hope to see you back again for another visit again soon!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Janine630
Huntly, New Zealand13 contributions
4km walk and boat ride
Feb 2021
We (two adults and kids aged 11 and 9) walked the full walk and then went on the boat ride. It was fantastic, the walk was spectacular and the boat ride was interesting and informative. Was a reasonable price too. Loved the experience.
Written February 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Its fantastic to see that you loved the visit and thank you very much for taking the time to post your review. Really great to see that you made the most of the full experience and we hope to see you back again sometime in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The Swish Boy
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
Great geothermal sites
Especially good on sale for reopening with a bus running if you don’t want to walk back. Geysers, hot lakes, terraces, forest, and the lake itself of course.
Written February 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for that super review and feedback - really pleased to see that you enjoyed the Waimangu experience and we hope to see you back again for another visit!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BKwang
Wellington, New Zealand21 contributions
Superb views and a thoroughly enjoyable walk
Dec 2020
Seeing the steam rise from the various craters and lakes along the way is mesmerising, and was definitely the highlight of the walk for me. There is a bit of bird watching to enjoy towards the end of the walk, which was a nice bonus.

The walk itself is downhill all the way, and pretty easy overall. Didn't end up trying the boat ride; was more than happy enough just doing the walk. Also really appreciated being able to take a bus back to the start once we were done with our walk!
Written January 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review and recommendation for future travellers to the area. Most of all, though, we are just rapt to see that you loved the walk and really enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you back again for another visit soon - try the boat cruise next time as well as you will love that.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

flyingkiwi28
8 contributions
Good walk, but don't recommend cafe
Jan 2021
I did the full walk with boat ride. The initial walk takes about an hour and a half, if you do it slowly, and you basically walk a trail and read from a piece of paper about the sights on the way. You can arrive very early before all the tourists come which i did - and had the place to myself for a bit! There is a longer track uphill which i didn't do as it stated that you needed 50 minutes to complete it. The boat ride was relaxing, but could easily be left out. I would have given the experience 5 stars, but the cafe experience wasn't good. I asked whether there was onion in the wraps and the staff replied "possibly". I have several food intolerances and after her uncertain reply, didn't feel safe that they'd know what was in all the food. They should have access to ingredients lists so they can give proper answers and so people with food intolerances can safely eat there. After such a long walk i really wanted something to eat. Instead, i had to drive all the way into the city to find a place where they knew the ingredients in their food. Was a real downer after the walk.
Written January 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Firstly, please accept our apologies around the uncertain reply you received from one of our staff members when asking about ingredient lists. Rest assured our team are generally well trained and well versed with ingredient lists. A little bit of investigation at our end indicates that the staff member in question on this occasion needed a reminder about how to deal with questions like yours. Sorry that you ended up having to head back to the city for something to eat. Secondly, seems like your experience of the walk was good and we appreciate having had you come through for a visit. Hopefully we might see you back again some time in the future - rest assured your dietary requirements will be better met if you were to visit again.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karamsay
Auckland Central, New Zealand41 contributions
Outstanding
The self-guided walk was amazing and as well as the brochure I used the app on my phone to access information during the walk. Stunning scenery and added bonus of bird watching at the lake. The boat ride was really interesting with informative guide.
Written January 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great to have you along for a visit Karen and we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed it so much. Fantastic to see that you used the walk guidesheet and the Waimangu app to access all the great info and stories we have to share about this special part of the world. Thanks very much for coming along for a visit and for taking the time to post your review and recommendation. Hope to see you back again for another visit some time in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pamela C
New Plymouth, New Zealand10 contributions
Breathtaking views
Jan 2021 • Family
Staff friendly and helpful.
Walk was easygoing and the sights were amazing and breathtaking. Throughly enjoyable experience.
Written January 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review and comments - we are so pleased to have hosted you for a visit here at Waimangu and we hope to see you back again some time in the future!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Emma W
Emma W
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Quality volcanic tour
We got a great deal through BookMe and really enjoyed the tour. We turned up early and managed to complete the enti
eliserb
eliserb
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Wonderful Waimangu
What an idyllic part of the country this is, and the sights along the walk were absolutely fantastic. It is not how
Linzeeward
Linzeeward
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A perfect afternoon
Just called in here after picking friends up from the airport and what a treat. Spectacular scenery, very nice wal
310janew
310janew
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Visit at discount rate
Visited in April 2021 as part of long Easter weekend. We did both the walk and the boat cruise. It’s a nice walk, b
Steve C
Steve C
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Great place to visit.
I found the experience very interesting and well run. To learn of the events that took place here well woth the vi
JohnDeereQueen
JohnDeereQueen
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Stunning scenery, very friendly and welcoming staff, highly recommend!
We were welcomed by very friendly staff including the manager who took the time to stop and chat with us which was
ScottM6951
ScottM6951
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Pleasant morning
My girlfriend and I enjoyed our visit to Waimangu. A very pleasant two-hour walk past some interesting geothermal f
JJMistry
JJMistry
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Amazing experience
Make sure you download their app before you visit. Great experience walking down to the lake and seeing the scenery
LynleyJ
LynleyJ
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Lovely peaceful place with interesting geothermal activity
I really enjoyed the walk around this peaceful place and learning the history but my 18 year old son was a bit bore
chefsam77
chefsam77
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Nice spot with lots of interesting things to see!
Never been here before and I wasn’t disappointed. Their competitors were closed for a refurb although I have been t
Brinkmann1984
Brinkmann1984
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Well worth it
A fantastic walk through the valley for everyone, great natural history to read about, well placed signage and of c
FranknFrida
FranknFrida
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Remote, wild and historic with easy access!
The lake cruise was totally worth it - Ariki Moana is a robust vessel and the views are stunning. Local history and
siszabrina
siszabrina
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Must Visit!
This place is really out of the world. It is worth every single step we took walking around this Volcanic Valley.We
MarieI47
MarieI47
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Walk and boat trip
Absolutely amazing, group of 7. Youngest been 6. Boat trip very informative. Highly recommend. Children all manage
SabinaAltorf
SabinaAltorf
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walk
the walk was so amazing. the walk taught me about the history of the craters and the eruption of Mount Tarawera in
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