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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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“lake rotomahana”(55 reviews)
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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 4 days ago

Our small group took a guided tour of this area and agreed it was one of the highlights of our two week trip in New Zealand. Beautiful area with fascinating geological history that is still being made today. It gives great insight to the workings...More

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 5 days ago

The phrase `life-changing' is often overused but I think this is one of those experiences which does qualify for the description. The most memorable day for any traveller. Helpful staff in reception, reasonably priced gifts, and the most unforgettable exposure to geothermal world.

Thank Jay55R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a guided tour today by Blake, who was fabulous. The walk was invigorating and beautiful and the hot pools and geysers were just amazing. The boat ride on the lake was spectacular and calm. What a wonderful way to spend half a day.

Thank Jeannie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a very lovely walk through native bush punctuated by weird and wonderful sites of thermal activity. The staff where very warm and friendly.

Thank Sarah Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in the end of April and were fortunate as all the trails were open. From the minute we stepped into the valley area I felt as I was stepping back into the Jurassic time period as there are massive fern plants throughout the...More

1  Thank nirmala401
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are new to geo-thermal wonders, this will keep yourself entertained for hours! What I loved the most was watching how the vapour from the frying pan lake got swayed away by the wind. So magical and you could keep watching that for hours....More

1  Thank Deepika F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waimangu valley is the end of the eruption rift zone of the Tarawera eruption in 1886 June 10. We started in the early morning mist cloud steam from the geothermal activity as we walked down the track which you will need good sturdy shoes and...More

1  Thank Kiaoracuzzy
Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review. Sounds like you got the complete Tarawera experience! We're so glad you enjoyed the Valley and had great conditions for the cruise on Lake Rotomahana - it's a pretty special place alright! We've got some new developments on the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Honestly amazing and tranquil. Plan to spend a good couple of hours here. A lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and take water with you. Easy mostly downhill walk but between 1.5km and 4km depending on if you do the full walk or take...More

Thank Rachael T
Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Rachael! We're getting there with rebuilding those bridges, so we'll have the full park open again soon - we hope to see you back again. We'll pass your comments onto Hughey too!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had an enjoyable afternoon walking around the valley. The walk is not too strenuous though if you are unsteady on your feet you may find some of the downward walk a bit slippery on the gravel. There are buses at various points to shuttle...More

Thank Justjo07
Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your comments. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us despite the closed walkways, we are working on getting these up and running in the next few weeks. Glad you took the opportunity to hike Mt Haszard - it's well worth...More

Reviewed 6 September 2018

The valley's volcano was last active over a 100 years ago and as you walk down into it, it feels a bit Jurassic Park like. It is a fair walk and the return trip would be a bit difficult if you are not fit. Thankfully...More

Thank Peter S
Waimangu Volcan... R, Manager at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Peter. Definitely agree with your Jurassic Park comparison!

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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