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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 15 May 2017

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 13 May 2017 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 8 May 2017

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 7 May 2017

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 reviewResponded 8 May 2017

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 5 May 2017

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 1 May 2017 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
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This was a great way to see Geothermal activity in a beautiful setting and with no crowds. The path is wide and well maintained with a 4 km walk past cold lakes, hot lakes, spouting streams and silica plateaus. It ends at a lake which...More

Thank Harold C
Reviewed 20 April 2017

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...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 18 April 2017 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...More

Thank Kiwifire66
Reviewed 18 April 2017

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...More

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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