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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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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...more
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587 Waimangu Road | Rotorua, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Quite expensive to do the walk and the boat trip but well worth it. Very interesting to find out how the volcano had erupted and changed the valley and fascinating to see all the boiling pools, geysers and wonderful landscape.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank APH100
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write and post your 5 Star review. We appreciate your recommendation. You have summed up well with the comment 'Stunningly Beautiful' - we are so pleased that you enjoyed the visit so much. Safe travels and hope to...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Didn't live up to what was promised on brochures - guided tours offered and confirmed with staff but on arrival - don't know what you are talking about. Staff didn't inform us that the last portion of the track was closed due to flooding -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Sorry to read that you didn't feel the experience lived up to what you read in the brochure. We are pleased to read that you thought the Geothermal activity was interesting at least. We appreciate you taking the time to write and post your review...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped off on the way past. Boat trip was fully booked so not able to do that and booked for the walking admission. This was ok. Its about a 1.5-2.0 km walk along which one sees 80% of what there is to see. Its quite...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your 5 Star review. Sorry to hear that on the day you visited that the cruise was full. Hopefully you can come back sometime in future to experience that. But we were pleased to see that you enjoyed the walk and a good...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

WAIMANGU GEOTHERMAL VALLEY In the wee hours of the morning of 10 June 1886, Rotorua’s Mt Tarawera erupted along with volcanic Lake Rotomahana and in the aftermath of the devastation, the Waimangu Geothermal Valley was formed which makes it the youngest thermal valley in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow thanks very much for your 5 Star review, and very helpful comments for future visitors. So pleased to have you back after visiting as a child to see how things have changed. I'm sure you saw the speed and extent of the regeneration that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The recommended way to visit Waimangu Thermal Valley is to walk all the way to the lake (allow 90 to 120 minutes), take the boat trip (not very frequent) and bus it back to the entrance. While there are a couple of bumps in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your 5 Star review. We appreciate you taking the time to write a nice detailed account of your visit and so pleased to read that you had a great visit here at Waimangu. Safe travels and thanks again for your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was there for about an hour but could have easily taken the whole day. Every turn is a new panorama, another photo opportunity.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your 5 star review Leanne. So pleased to read that you loved the limited time that you had with us for a visit. Hope to see you back again some time soon. Safe travels.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Waimangu is very diverse in geothermal activities as well as in ecology. The carpark and entrance are at the top of the park. As a couple with a 5 year old, we chose to walk towards the lake for the boat cruise. It was downhill...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Julie H
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow Julie that is a great review with such great detail and insight for future travellers. Thank you for taking the time to write down and post that - we do appreciate it. We pride ourselves on offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park is more quiet than the waiotapu park and less colourfull but not less interesting. There is a nice 1,5h self guided walk to the lake where you can see different types of geothermal activity and have a few nice views. I would reccomand...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1989matthiash
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for that very nice 5 star review. We are really pleased that you discovered the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley on your travels and that you recommend future travellers to come along for a visit. Safe travels and hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic nature walk ending up with a boat ride inside the crater if you wish. This trip is worth the money. There are hot springs, hot flowing water of up to 90 degrees Celsius, thermal pools and also active geysers to see....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank vickyl151
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow now that is a great bit of feedback! Thanks very much for your amazing review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

see the other reviews-they focus on the walking tour. If you have seen lots of other geo activity then this might interest you. However, if you are limited in time and distance, I would pass this up as it doesn't have as much activity as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Thor54
Waimangu Volcan... R, General Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post your review and give some feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to give such detailed feedback. As the worlds youngest geothermal area we certainly believe that we have a lot to offer guests but we understand...More

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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
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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
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Juleswpaul
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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
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