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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Address: 587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
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+64 7-366 6137
8:30 am - 5:00 am
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Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible...

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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An interesting trip down a volcanic valley formed in 1886

Waimangu was volcanic prior to 1886, but the eruption that year that killed 120 people changed the landscape totally, splitting Mt Tarawera down the middle, obliterating many... read more

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John M
Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Waimangu was volcanic prior to 1886, but the eruption that year that killed 120 people changed the landscape totally, splitting Mt Tarawera down the middle, obliterating many beautiful parts of the volcanic landscape, while forming others, that we can enjoy today. Parts of the park were off limits due to earthquake and storm, but it was still a most wonderful... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went along in a recommendation, however with a 5yr old we choose the bus and boat option. Bus ride down was ok but the boat ride was average, made even more average when I discovered the commentary from the young guy driving was being played from his iPhone, he'd hit pause and play along the way. The whole thing... More 

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Basically a walking tour explaining the hot pools and the different colors of each and what causes each to be different. Kind of a rainy day with muggy humidity. Hoped on the bus for the first portion as it quite steep and being wet was slippery. Off the bus and walking the trails, easy to do. Did not quite reach... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this park recently and found it to be a very interesting morning walk to various stopping points along the way where our guide explained the origins of the thermal springs, the history of the volatile volcanic activity in the Rotatura area, and dutifully cautioned us about touching the super hot water or venturing too close to the edges... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short drive from Rotorua leads you to this amazing place minus the crowds. The view in the distance as you begin your walk to the lake is one of clouds of steam coming out of the ground through the forest. As you make your way along the path there are explanations of the area and the crater. The smell... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even in a rainy day we enjoyed the walk down the valley, including the Inferno Crater and the navigation in the lake Rotomahana. Absolutely worth the visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden in The Valley and reachable by foot. There's a walkway with explanation of the area and the craters. Entrance fee is 39 NZD. A bus will pick you up at the end and brings you back to the car park.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu on the same day. Waimangu has varied landscapes and many interesting sights, minus the crowd, which makes for a very scenic and serene hike. The hike from the entrance to bus stop 3 takes around 1 hr 35 mins, but may be longer if you do the Mt. Haszard hiking trail as well. There is a... More 

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I visited both Waiamangu and Wai-O-Tapu and they have unique wonders that make both worth visiting. Waimangu has way less people visiting and more of an easy hike (unless you plan on climbing the mountain). It's also greener. Great way to spend a morning!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Volcanic Valley is a bit of a must for any traveler to Rotorua. It is part of New Zealand history and the area around Rotorua which is indeed volcanic. Take the tour and enjoy a quiet stroll through a once disaster ares.

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