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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
+64 7-366 6137
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

All those things I struggled to get my head around in geography lessons at school all clicked into place when I visited Waimangu. Whilst to be fair, any visit to NZ is a fascinating geographical study, in Waimangu it’s all up close. We went first...More

Thank Onlyplacesilike
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent alternative to the other geothermal areas near Rotorua - not as commercial as Whakarewarewa, nor as crowded as Wai-o-tapu, but still gives a great sense of the geothermal area. It's a relaxed walk down hill to see the sights, then they...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A recent visit in the middle of NZ winter,2018, due to heavy rains, part of the walk, was not accessible, the landscape is still incredible to experience, although a tad pricey $40.00 pp. Nobody does it better though than Mother Nature

Thank Les_Aus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has got to have been my favourite geothermal park so far! I spent over 4 hours walking around, taking in all the sights it has to offer. It's less touristy which is great as it feels like you have the whole place to yourself!...More

Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Waimangu on the recommendation of a geologist who said that it was less touristy and far richer in natural and unusual geological features than anywhere else. Unfortunately on the day we went it poured heavily with rain for almost the entire time, however...More

Thank JayJay015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cost is about 40pp versus 32.50pp at waiotapu. We did both parks and they are both definitely unique, however due to the closures of some of the hiking paths, I recommend Waitapu (make sure you go by 1015 AM to see the geyser show),...More

Thank Bryant P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent park, admission at $40 per adult is steep but if you’re only going to one park it’s a pretty cool one! We arrived at 3 pm and started the downhill walk into the valley. Great trails and a bus takes you back from the...More

Thank kinx81
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Incredible place to see a variety of geothermally active environments. It felt like we were the only people in this huge park, and although it was a bit pricey it’s definitely worth a trip. Some favorites included frying pan lake and some other alien like...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

We visited the reserve with a tour group. First, a guided forest walk with a very knowledgeable guide, then a walk along a series of geothermal features and, finally, a boat trip across a scenic lake surrounded by additional geothermal features. Very enjoyable, well paced...More

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

A very unusual valley, magical, feels like you got back in time of Jurassic Park or Lost. Very lush nature, a lot of trails to hike. Unfortunately because of the rain we couldn’t go further than the first bus stop and explore the lake and...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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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
27 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