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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
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+64 7-366 6137
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"wai o tapu"
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"geothermal activity"
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"silica terraces"
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"pink and white terraces"
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Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

Had a wonderful three hours here today. It is way less crowded than wai-o-tapu and far more interesting. There is a greater variety of things to see and the volcanic activity is very recent. There is a walk along a well maintained path that wends...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went early & had the walk down through the valley almost to ourselves. Some amazing scenery & bubbling geysers etc. if you don't want to walk back up there is a bus. Spent a few hours there & enjoyed our visit.

Thank PJ777
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife really enjoys learning about the geology of the locations we visit while I am concentrating on the bird species and bird photography. She found this tour very pleasant and a good fit for her interest. It consists of a boat trip around the...More

Thank Ken P
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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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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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