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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 1 week ago via mobile

My wife & I are both geologists and visited a number of volcanic + geothermal sites in and around Rotorua but this was by far the best. The walk along the volcanic valley is very natural and studded with a wide variety of excellent examples...More

Thank Graham R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A 5km walk down a well constructed hiking path through geysers and through a geo-thermal active area of spouting hot steam and bubbling water to a water filled volcanic lake Rotomahana for an hour’s boat cruise looking up at Mount Tarawera and witnessing the spouting...More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately for us our stay in Rotorua was a bit wet and miserable, but we went out to Waimangu and we were not disapointed, a fantastic walk down the valley toteh lake. Lots of different Thermal Acivitity examples to exprience. The Inferno LAke was superb....More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is more then just a couple of hot bubbling pools. It is way more exciting if you look at the greater picture. If you just want to see some interesting colors or geysers or mud bubbling it is possibly not 100% the right place...More

Thank Stefan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent walk mostly downhill. The geothermal activities, the small lakes, craters, cold and boiling water pools, etc.. are, for lack of a better word: Beautiful You can purchase combo tickets which include a short boat cruise in addition to the entry fees...More

1  Thank MephistoTA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great, but no wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland. Lovely walk downhill past the big geothermal lake and some lovely steaming features. I was hoping for more vibrant colours considering there is no bubbling mud or geysers. Tip you can get your bubbling mud fix for free near...More

Thank mcladley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the self-guided walk and loved it! The place is intrinsically interesting and beautiful, and the well-placed info-boards and numbered bollards for the self-guide sheet, were easy to find and understand. We took a leisurely two hours to do the walk because we added...More

Thank jenhorne95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a geothermal region which is in its natural, unaltered state, then Waimangu is the spot for you. The walk down to the lake offers a lot of great photo opportunities. I visited with my wife and two adult children and...More

1  Thank John L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on New Year's Day. Overcast day with a few showers. Fantastic scenery and birdsong. Helpful and cheerful staff. Good service and food in the cafe. Completed the walk and boat trip. The walk is mostly downhill and easily managed even with my dubious...More

Thank Nathan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So there is roughly 1 h walk and 1 h cruise around this gigantic volcanic crater. It was too hot to go for the walk. So we had to wait about 40 minutes for the bus to go to the cruise. At first we thought...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