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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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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.
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587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6137
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place, unforgettable . Well worth the trip to see and a warm friendly welcome at reception. It is worth trying to get your tickets online before you arrive from a broker site.Many discount ticket options

Thank 4589712j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The layout of Waimangu Volcanic Valley is fantastic. The normal person can walk for 2 to 3 hours ... all downhill. You walk through rain forest, volcanos, steam, etc etc etc. An easy experience unless you want to do more. You could easily spend all...More

Thank HelmutS2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this as a Sunday family hike/walk. The thermal lakes are somewhat distant from each other , but the track/footpaths are well maintained, so suitable for all ages and is pram friendly too. Paths are also well labelled , you get an information...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing place that unfortunately is not too user friendly if you have a mobility issue, The beginning of the $km walk to the Lake is very steep in places but levels out a little to not so steep, but still not flat. It would...More

Thank Owen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With a restriction on walking due to an injured ankle, the option to catch a bus down the valley and take a boat trip was a good option for us. The boat trip was interesting and gave us a good feel fro the place and...More

Thank Trevor D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this place by accident, and how lucky were we. The view was magnificent, and the information provided for the walk was comprehensive. Each stopping point was clearly marked. The drive to and from Waimangu was worth the effort too.

Thank Linepark
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Visited with my wife and 1 year old son. Decided to go during the week and practically had the place to ourselves. It was great to take our time and see all the beauty this place had to offer. Prices were what's expected for a...More

Thank justinski11
Reviewed May 17, 2017

If you are into nature and geothermal activity - THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. Note that this is a self guided walk, but they provide detailed pamphlets in many languages to help every traveler. Waimangu's focus toward conservation and sustaining the eco-systems makes for...More

Thank PatoneyNZ
Reviewed May 14, 2017

One of the most beautiful places I've visited in New Zealand so far. Everyone goes to Wai O Tapu and don't even seem to know about this place. That makes it quiet and a lot less crowdy. Bus are getting there from Rotorua visitor centre...More

Thank Arnault C
Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

If you have the time and like to walk/hike then you would like this place, if you are short on time then the free shuttle to the bottom and stops in between is also good. The tour by boat of Lake Rotomahana cost $45 and...More

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Is Te Puia similar sights to Waimangu? If we only have time to see one, recommendations
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
Larry Y
There are several thermal sites near Rotorua like Waiotapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, The craters of the moon, Orakei Korako thermal park etc. I just wanna do one and which is the best among all these?
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
We only have time to do either Wai-O-Tapu or Waimangu. For those who have done both which would you recommend. We are a family with children aged 7,9 and 11.
October 26, 2015|
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Response from Paul H | Reviewed this property |
Wai-o Tapu would be better suited to a small family well maintained tracks and more to see for the kids however if you are a family who enjoys hiking the Waimangu is a great day out with the option of a lake tour at the... More