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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 yesterday via mobile

Thankfully the weather was kind to us, as we met a couple who had come back to see it again, as there was very little visibility the day before due to rains The scenery is just incredible, the volcanic hot springs were amazing to see!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gabbi222
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Out of the bustle and commercialism of Rotorua lies this absolute gem. We took the self-guided walk which was incredible. The map provided is comprehensive with enough information but not overwhelming. Teens loved it too. Deposited back to the Information Centre by shuttle bus -...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MargarethaKate
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even in a light drizzle, the walk through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley was a wonderful experience. We walked through beautiful and colourful geothermal terraces formed by the hot fluids cooling as they ran across the surface of the ground. We took a boat cruise around...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beverley R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great geothermal park and is slightly different to all the rest as you walk down the valley admiring all the geothermal features and this leads down to a lake where you can take a boat trip to view other sites not accessible...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank swannythemoose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a really nice (and relatively easy) walk. Many beautiful spots on the way. Sure, there are a many more beautiful places in New Zealand (especially on South Island), but in any other country this would probably be an absolutely must see destination.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Krzysiek1982
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't comment on the boat trip, but the walk is a very nice one and the provision of a bus back is a good thing. Found that the 10:30 back from bus stop 3 (on the 22/11 and bus 5 if the management are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mythaluk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and did the walk and boat trip. Due to floods big sections of the walk were closed. What we did see was spectacular the reason for four stars rather than five is that I thought the walk element was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank thomasc186
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this location with a tour group. This place was a highlight for me as I have never seen anything like it. Our tour guide was excellent, explaining the landscape and foliage, so very interesting. I would not wanted to miss this activity. Lots of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maria C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gravel footpaths were very slippery. 2 sections of path were closed so we had to wait half an hour twice for the bus. At the end I asked the driver how long was he stoppping so we could go straight back. 4 minutes so we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank SydneyPhiljane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our trip to Waimangu, choosing to take the Hiking trail, and not the boat trip. The volcanic features are wonderful to see, and the signboards explain the history very well. There is currently some short term difficulty with flooding on the lower paths,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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