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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6137
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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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...more
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587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
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+64 7-366 6137
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"boat trip"
in 112 reviews
"lake rotomahana"
in 55 reviews
"bus stop"
in 51 reviews
"frying pan lake"
in 43 reviews
"hiking trail"
in 35 reviews
"wai o tapu"
in 79 reviews
"downhill walk"
in 10 reviews
"caught the bus"
in 15 reviews
"self guided"
in 37 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 64 reviews
"jurassic park"
in 15 reviews
"silica terraces"
in 14 reviews
"pink and white terraces"
in 25 reviews
"steaming lakes"
in 19 reviews
"up hill"
in 10 reviews
"great walk"
in 36 reviews
"walking shoes"
in 18 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend a trip to the Waimangu thermal valley, including a boat trip along the lake. There was so much variety to see, and it was a really pleasant walk through the park. Beautiful views and photo opportunities. We're very glad we decided to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and i decided to do this trip as we were only in the area for 3 days. We had a beautiful day for the boat ride. Quite relaxing. Not a lot to look at really, but as our first time, it was ok....More

Thank Melita B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did three geothermal parks, starting the day off early. Waimangu is definitely a large park. You can walk all the way down to the lake through some natural paths, while seeing the geothermal wonders. It can take up to half a day. We got...More

Thank John S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a bit stretched for time so opted for the boat trip Bus took us down the bottom of the walkway and we boarded the boat. Basically just drove around in a circle for about 45 minutes and although the driver was very informative,...More

Thank Carlene H
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

Price was 20% higher than Wai-o-tapu, but there are not so many formations. A lot of views are with high trees to see just nothing. Bus is nice, but if you do not need it you still pay for it and there are hundreds of...More

Thank D S
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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

We almost missed this, so glad we didn't! We found it to be miles better than Wai-o-tapu (which was underwhelming). This visitor center and valley trek was much better and well organized. Beautiful trails. A bus with 3 stops between the visitor center/cafe and lake...More

Thank Fiona M
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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful geothermal landscape and lovely walk/ hike (you don’t need your walking boots, trainers are fine but avoid the flip flops). The lady on the ticket desk helped us to choose the right route and activities for our needs and the sights were amazing!...More

Thank Aesp1
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

The signposts and maps provided really added to our enjoyment as we did not have a tour guide. The sights were just as amazing as you hope. We saw two geysers, a blue silica lake, terraces etc in a 90 minute walk to bus stop...More

Thank spendingpension
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

I spent approximately 2.5 hours walking the valley. The scenery was lovely, even if the geothermal activity was not as active as I expected. That being said, the park was not "showy" or crowded in the morning, which was refreshing. I did not realize that...More

Thank MaddyM77
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

We went here after the morning at Wai O Tapu. We arrived at 2pm and as this is a self guided walk, this did not leave us enough time to really explore everything on the walk. The last bus out is quite early, so my...More

Thank Manel K
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remaxmccann
January 26, 2017|
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Response from Fergus R | Reviewed this property |
The Puia is a cultural resort and experience, you go for the Maori event mostly, where they do the Haka and then you have a tradionally cooked meal from underground ovens, very good but not cheap. There is a geyser tour also... More
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Larry Y
December 15, 2016|
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Response from Monique B | Reviewed this property |
I love Waimangu. Atmospheric with wonderful history and bird life. Really calming and scenic. Great cafe at the top as well and the bus is very handy. Make sure you get the boat tour included in the ticket price. The... More
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Juleswpaul
October 26, 2015|
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Response from wunderlust18 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely, without question, do Waimangu over Wai-O-Tapu!! There is no comparison, I think. The kids are old enough to keep up with the walking and will find it much more interesting. Plus, you can go at your own pace and... More
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