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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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“lake rotomahana” (51 reviews)
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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

This place is absolutely amazing. It took us good 2 hours to walk all the way up to the lake but so worth it. If you can’t walk, they have bus stops that can take you up to the lake It’s very well organised and...More

Thank marjan_k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always wanted to see bubbling water and smoke coming out from a crater. This place is like a display place with full of lakes, rocks with smokes coming out every where. One of the ponds shot out 2 meters hot water constantly. The place...More

Thank Australasiana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an easy walk downhill on very well maintained tracks. The plant and bird life is amazing.There are geothermal "wonders" to discover around every corner and you get a map which explains all 30 sites in great detail. We did the hiking track as...More

1  Thank inga517
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$$ Definitely recommend this volcanic valley, we actually preferred this one to the geothermal wonderland just down the road. The walk was lovely although I would not recommend on a rainy day or if you struggle with walking as it was quite a long walk!...More

Thank Nicola H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We (2 adults, 2 teenagers) spent the morning here while visiting Rotorua. We booked through "Bookme" and saved about $40. The total walk to the far lake is about 4km, which is a reasonably easy (some small hills only). For those not wanting to walk...More

Thank Nicky_BMNTS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking alone in a wild kind of environment isn't always recommended, but I felt perfectly safe following the well marked track down to the lake, knowing that I was in an area that was well monitored, even though I seemed to have the place to...More

Thank agapeitou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Waimangu volcanic valley is priced higher than Wai-O-Tapu (another attraction in the region). The paths here are well-formed walkways, filled with many information boards. The counter staff will advise you the best route to take (there's a normal one, and one which requires more...More

Thank Wai Kit F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually don't write reviews good or bad but for this I just had to write one. Its mainly a walking track with nothing much to see. Only the Cauldron was good to see but paying $38 just to see this is not worth it....More

1  Thank Cj S
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I randomly stopped for a look at the valley not knowing exactly what we would see. To our delight we were able to walk the trail viewing some beautiful thermal areas . The trail is downhill most of the way with only...More

1  Thank shiraneal
Reviewed 24 August 2017

very friendly staff...we booked a trip on the lake as a group of 17 and on the way over from Opotiki our bus broke down and we couldn't match our booked ride on the boot, and because we had a very tide schedule for the...More

1  Thank Volker G
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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
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
26 October 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