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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 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived just before 9.00 am and in the next two hours walking to the lake we saw only 3 other couples and one group of bird watchers. There are so many different types of thermal and volcanic activity in the valley, you should allow...More

Thank Harper W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This valley was essentially created in one day in 1886 with a volcanic eruption that deposited some 66 meters of ash over the landscape, destroying basically all of the vegetation and creating some magnificent craters that filled with water. A visit to this area took...More

Thank Rozthegreat_powerful
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolute must see when visiting the geothermal sites in Rotorua. This place is absolutely amazing. It took us good 2 hours to walk all the way up to the lake but so worth it. The walk was real enjoyable and full of surprises

Thank Mike030587
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though it was raining when we started our day, we got on our ponchos and carried umbrellas so that we could go on our guided walk. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the geology of the area as well as the flora and fauna...More

Thank swoodruf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful area with a great walk. lots of colour and movement with water and steam etc. A must for everybody to do. very interesting.

Thank AucklandWiz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled by car from Tauranga and arrived around 9.15am. Good idea to prebook your trip. We did the walk and the lake cruise. IMO if you have the time then you should do both to get the full experience and history. We decided to...More

Thank Victor H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A trip through volcanic places. We even got a map with our language. You go until the end of the path and a bus get you back to the entrance. There is 2 stops of the bus at the midle to whom wants to shorten.

Thank ika165
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of time issues, and on the advice of a very helpful guide at the ticket desk, we opted to walk only so far as Bus Stop 1 and then ride down to the cruise. The walk as far as we did was quite interesting....More

Thank Moniquepeep
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the 4 km walk down to the lake, and the boat ride. Definitely get a guide if you can so you can get all the education they offer. Beautiful and fascinating. Take the bus back by the mud ponds. great

Thank canada777-1207
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited both the Waimangu Valley and Wai-O-Tapu, and overall preferred this one. Why? On the day we visited (23/11/17) it wasn’t too crowded - and in any case it’s so big it could probably take more people without it being a crush. We spent...More

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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
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
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