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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Entry & Walk

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  • Worlds youngest geothermal system
  • Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake
  • NZ Eco-Tourism Award Winner
  • Views of Volcanic craters & native bush
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Explore and discover the geothermal wonderland that is Waimangu Valley Thermal Park near Rotorua. This unique valley was created by the massive volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 making it the world’s newest geothermal area. Take an eco-focused nature walk around the valley or choose a more advanced hiking option to enjoy fantastic views over this prehistoric landscape. After your walk you can hop onboard a relaxing boat cruise of Lake Rotomahana to sightsee the unique geothermal activity with full commentary from your skipper.

Learn about the area’s fascinating history, see the colourful volcanic landscape and hear indigenous stories and legends of the area. This iconic New Zealand geothermal attraction features steaming crater lakes, spectacular silica terraces, abundant native flora and fauna and fascinating mineral formations that make it seem like you are exploring another planet.

Inclusions

  • Self guided walk
  • Courtesy return shuttle back to the entrance after the walk
  • Visitor Guide Sheets English, Dutch, German, Chinese, Mandarin, Italian, Korean, French, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian, Slav and Hindi
  • In addition basic Fact Sheets in Czech, Hungarian and Swedish

Extras

  • Boat Cruise on Lake Rotomahana
  • Food can be purchased from Café Nature at Waimangu

Highlights

  • Beautiful Scenic Reserve covering 175 hectares of volcanic craters and native bush
  • Home to amazing Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake
  • Self-guided tour with informative guide sheets in many languages
  • Multiple New Zealand Eco-Tourism Award winner

Time

Waimangu Volcanic Valley (Walking/Hiking)

  • Easy walks of varying lengths and duration along crater walkways, mainly downhill and flat, with an optional hike on the Mt Haszard Trail (an uphill bush trail)
  • Cruise departs from the Waimangu Visitor Centre: 9.45am (For the 10.25am Boat), 10.45am (For the 11.25am Boat), 12.40pm (For the 1.10pm Boat), 1.15pm (For the 2.00pm Boat), 2.15pm (For the 2.50pm Boat) and 3.00pm (For the 3.40pm Boat)

Waimangu Walking & Hiking and Boat Cruise

  • Easy walks of varying lengths along crater walkways, mainly downhill and flat, with an optional easy hike on Mt Haszard Trail (uphill bush trail), followed by a 45 minute cruise on Lake Rotomahana

Location

  • 587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua, off State Highway 5 (main Rotorua - Taupo highway)
  • How to find Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Turn left 14kms south of Rotorua off State Highway 5 (Rotorua Taupo highway) and drive 6kms along Waimangu Road to the entrance and carpark

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Rain or sun protection as necessary
  • Baby pushchair if needed
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Good walking shoes with treaded soles recommended
  • Hat and Sunglasses

Additional Information

  • Please note that it will not be possible to use the café facility for eating food brought to Waimangu. If you want to bring your own food to Waimangu then we will organise the use of one of our picnic areas down in the valley.
  • The tour provides all visitor material for self guided walks and the boat cruise in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Hebrew.
  • The standard walk is easy, mostly downhill, suitable for all ages and fitness levels whereas the advanced hiking is an uphill bush trail

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
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Ella Lam 9 months ago My husband and I had visited different volcanoes these few days. We had expected the walk would not be impressive but the cruise might give us something new to see. Out of our expectation, the walk was really wonderful. Different to other volcanoes, we saw beautiful trees around the lake which was smoky on the water surface. The whole scene was fantastic. The path provided many different perspectives for us to take photos. Besides the lake and stream, there are also black swans and other birds. Overall, the staff were very helpful and cheerful. The food at the cafe was tasteful and provided us a warm refresh of energy.
My husband and I had visited different volcanoes these few days
Ella Lam 9 months ago

My husband and I had visited different volcanoes these few days. We had expected the walk would not be impressive but the cruise might give us something new to see. Out of our expectation, the walk was really wonderful. Different to other volcanoes, we saw beautiful trees around the lake which was smoky on the water surface. The whole scene was fantastic. The path provided many different perspectives for us to take photos. Besides the lake and stream, there are also black swans and other birds. Overall, the staff were very helpful and cheerful. The food at the cafe was tasteful and provided us a warm refresh of energy.

I was lucky enough to visit this volcanic valley in May for the first time and my god
Woody 4 years ago

I was lucky enough to visit this volcanic valley in May for the first time and my god...how cool!!! The best thing about this place is that it has not been commercialised but is purely about the volcanic valley and all the living flora, fauna and microcosms that are part of this volcanic valley. There are plants,mosses and all sorts of wonderful things I have never seen and it is very pre-historic. If you like nature and are interested in the history of plants and what was, you would LOVE this. Our guide wasn't the best guide to be honest. His facts were great but delivery not so much. It didnt spoil it for us though. Really really cool!

Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley is the hydrothermal system created on 10 June 1886 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera.
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