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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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587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
+64 7-366 6137
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Reviewed 3 days 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 6 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank catchfab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a fascinating walk down this Volcanic Valley. The route was easy to follow and took in numerous volcanic features: the Southern Crater, Echo Crater, Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Lake etc. There were wonderful panoramic views with steam, bubbles, geysers and vivid blue water....More

Thank ziazak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Different than Waiotapu, but not that different - if that makes sense. Part of the park was closed at time of visit due to some landslides in the middle section. Short bus trip to the far end of the park for not much. Hot chocolate...More

Thank Matt T
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this review

Sorry you didn't get what Waimangu is about.! We had to close a part of the valley for safety reasons. You did however get to see Iodine Pool which you wouldnt normally see and our staff gave commentary on the bus between bus stop 1...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walks through the valley are varied from short easy walks to longer harder hikes. There are buses to transport you from one site to another so you can personalize your experience.

Thank Bracha K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful walk though an incredible landscape like something from another planet. You can hop a bus back and wander though paths for varying distances. Unspoiled with minimal commercial influence which was appreciated.

Thank floodnik
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Is Te Puia similar sights to Waimangu? If we only have time to see one, recommendations
26 January 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?
15 December 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.
26 October 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