Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasGeologic FormationsHot Springs & GeysersVolcanoes
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore spectacular activity in the world’s youngest geothermal system on a self-guided walking tour at Waimangu Volcanic Valley. We offer a range of options for all abilities and ambitions varying in length from our short 1.5km highlights walk to a 4.5km hike including an invigorating climb over Mount Haszard for astonishing panoramic views. Discover Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the World and mysterious, beautiful Inferno Crater Lake which rises and falls as it heats and cools. See rare and unusual plants that have adapted to grow in the warm geothermal landscape and enjoy the abundance of native birdlife around Lake Rotomahana. Opt for an additional 45 minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana to see nature, birdlife and geothermal activity not accessible by foot. Relax and listen to the full historical commentary throughout cruise. Enjoy a much needed rest and take advantage of the shuttle bus at the end of your tour.
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  • Courtney W
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    Informative walk through geothermal area
    Waimangu Volcanic Valley contains many thermal features, including a giant hot spring, hot creeks, warm rocks, and bubbling and steaming rocks. The park is organised as a mostly downhill walk with really informative intepretive signs along the way, as well has a 6 page pamphlet with further information about the geology of the area. The area was formed by a volcano in 1886 and further shaped by activity in the early 1900, and therefore has an unusually well documented history, which made for very interesting reading on the walk. We enjoyed seeing the bubbling and steaming features, the blue lake, and the giant hot springs. My only disappointment was that there was no geyser.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • Max G
    Los Angeles, California1,038 contributions
    Good Way to See the Volcanic Valley
    On this tour we learned about the volcanic valley that defined Rotorua. The tour consisted of a cruise around the lake, followed by a walk through the landscape to see geothermal lakes and streams. I’m glad we arrived around 9am. By the time we left, the attraction was crowded.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Jami
    Seattle, Washington7 contributions
    Wish we budgeted more time
    We only saw the first part of the walking trail, but it was amazing! Frying pan lake is huge and the wind stirring the steam coming off of it is mesmerizing Give yourself a good three hours to enjoy the whole walking trail. You walk down into the valley and a bus can bring you back up. But the bus runs every 50-60 minutes.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Amy W
    Seattle, Washington263 contributions
    Enjoyable outing
    The hike is easy... All downhill or flat. There's a lot to see between the start and bus stop 1. There's not as much to see further along but it's still a lovely walk and worth it. The boat cruise is interesting but probably not worth doing on its own.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
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Amanda v
Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The walk down to the lake was truely amazing. Plus the boat ride was great and informative. Would recommend doing this.
Written 9 December 2023
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Scott G
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Strolling around and exploring the natural beauty is an enjoyable experience. There is plenty to take pictures of as you go along. It's beautiful and different from most scenes you get to see. Everything is worth a look.
Written 2 December 2023
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Amy W
Seattle, WA263 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The hike is easy... All downhill or flat. There's a lot to see between the start and bus stop 1. There's not as much to see further along but it's still a lovely walk and worth it. The boat cruise is interesting but probably not worth doing on its own.
Written 20 November 2023
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada9,064 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
You start your walk on designated trails and end up at a lake where you can board a small boat for a 45 minute tour of the lake. After the boat tour a bus takes you back to the entrance.
Along the way you see many small ponds,mini geysers, boiling mud pools and lots of rock formations. It was here in 1886 that a major eruption occurred with a considerable loss of life.
Written 11 November 2023
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada9,064 contributions
There are two parts to this adventure- one is the hiking paths and the other is the 45 minute boat trip. We did both.
The hike takes you past numerous hot vents, CO2 & H2S, gassing off in the water, rock formations, Hot pools and small ponds. The boat takes you into the new lake, part of the history lesson and a small geyser. Not a strenuous hike so most should be able to do it. We spent over 3.5 hours and enjoyed every minute.
Written 8 November 2023
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murorga
Sheffield, UK16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Stunning! This trail is like hiking through the outback, stumbling across lakes, rivers, wildlife and geysers as you go, until you arrive at the beautiful and remote lake.

The walk took exactly as long as suggested (even with us constantly stopping to take photos) which meant we arrived at our boat trip bang on time. The return bus was waiting for us when we landed and whisked us back to the start in minutes. It couldn't have been easier.

We can't have seen more than 20 people in our whole 3 hours here, it was sublime.
Written 4 November 2023
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CJLNZ
New Zealand51 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Not a must do but still very pleasant. Walk was well formed and had a good system to give interesting information about what one was seeing.
We did the boat trip and the walk.
Written 28 October 2023
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Jami
Seattle, WA7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We only saw the first part of the walking trail, but it was amazing!

Frying pan lake is huge and the wind stirring the steam coming off of it is mesmerizing

Give yourself a good three hours to enjoy the whole walking trail. You walk down into the valley and a bus can bring you back up. But the bus runs every 50-60 minutes.
Written 6 October 2023
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Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,513 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Visited in May 2023

We visited around midday (via campervan - plenty of free parking), purchased our tickets at the visitor centre which has a nice gift shop and café next to it. Toilet facilities are also located here. Other toilet facilities are located at specific points in the valley.

The beauty of the hike other than the spectacular scenery is that Waimangu hike begins approximately at the highest point and its a downhill trek into the valley and an uphill-trek on the return journey. However, entrance tickets include bus rides at certain points throughout the whole journey. So we trekked downhill and caught the bus on the return trip. The shuttle buses do run on a schedule so ensure to arrive at pick-up points on time.

We only went as far as the Warbrick terrace and Rift valley due to time-constraints however, we did detour to the black crater and fairy crater, both of which provided a nice vantage of the valley in historic times and how the valley has been re-shaped over the years due to volcanic activity.

Plenty of photo and opportunities throughout the track and the smell of sulphur was not overly strong during our visit.

Highly recommend stopping by, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Tracks are probably not pram friendly unless trekking along the road that the bus takes, however doing so will limit opportunities of viewing points as these are located off the bus road.
Written 25 September 2023
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Emma A
Portsmouth, UK88 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Waimangu is a place like no other, whilst there are plenty of geothermal parks and attractions in the Rotorua region (and all beautiful!), Waimangu is unique.

I've been three times over 14 years, May 2023 was my third trip and I brought my dad who had never been.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the way you look at it - Inferno Crater was in a state of eruption when we were there, which meant my dad was unable to enjoy the ice blue colour of the water as I'd preciously seen. However it was just as exciting and beautiful to see it in such a heightened state of activity!

Waimangu is peaceful, full of bird song, flora and fauna as well as the geothermal features. It was very foggy when we first arrived, but later in the day we walked the first 15 minutes again to see the views of the craters from above and got some lovely photos of the steam rising from the valley.

We did the Rotomahana boat cruise as well which I highly recommend - you get to see so much more, including the site of where the pink and white terraces had been, closer views and info about Mt Terrawera, lots of bird life, geothermal features and several naturally occurring geysers.

I hope one day I can visit again.
Written 30 August 2023
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