Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua: Hours, Address, Waimangu Volcanic Valley Reviews: 4.5/5

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Geologic Formations • Hot Springs & Geysers • Volcanoes
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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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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand759 contributions
May 2022
We booked the walk and boat trip on book me saved a few dollars. Unfortunately it was a blustery day my wife is prone to sea sickness so we didn't do the boat ride our choice. The walk took us about an hour and a half really enjoyed it neither of us are overly fit but it was mainly down hill or flat so not a real struggle. There was a lot to see on the way would recommend it.
Written 29 June 2022
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Joan T
Sentosa Island, Singapore51 contributions
Jun 2022
The first part of the trail is good! It's an easy walk. Do take the boat ride as it will definitely be a good finish for the walk.
Written 15 June 2022
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Zoe
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Jun 2022 • Couples
If I had to pick just one activity to do in Rotorua this would be it. It's wonderful to be able to walk through the absolutely stunning lush green native plant life with nothing but the sound of birds and water, and the occasional rumbling of steam underground, and see the stunning displays of geothermal activity.
The paths are well maintained and signposted with informative signs about the various geothermal features.

There are quite a few steps so the walking trail would not be suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

The bathroom facilities need a serious upgrade. They are very dated and don't have hot water in the taps. (The irony).

The boat tour was also good. Very informative.

A definite must do in Rotorua. Will be reccomending this over any other geothermal park in the area to anyone who will listen.
Written 7 June 2022
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Robyn
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May 2022
A very humbling walk through the magnificent steaming lakes, bubbling streams and geezers. The climb up to the top of the hill to view the lake is well worth it to take in the scale of the area and rest with an incredible outlook.

The paths are exceptionally well maintained and all the staff knowledgeable on the geology and ecological aspects of maintaining the beauty of the reserve.
Written 13 May 2022
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Kels
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Apr 2022 • Couples
Booked a boat cruise for 12 noon. We arrived 30 mins early at 11.30am. On arrival we were told our cruise is actually 1.10pm, with a shuttle bus leaving at 12.20pm. This gave us an hour to fill in, we had coffee in the Cafe and then waited where we were told to wait. 12.20 came and went, we checked twice that we were waiting in the right place. At 12.30pm I asked again what is going on. I was told the shuttle is at 12.55pm. We got to the boat about 1.15pm, it was full of people. The skipper didn't recognize our tickets that we bought on the Waimangu website but said he'd let us on anyway. ?? He then apologized to all on board for the cruise leaving late as if it was our fault. During the cruise he told passengers to refer to their brochures, we didn't even get a brochure. Such a disappointing experience.
Written 18 April 2022
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Hi Kels We’re so sorry about your experience with us with weekend, and thanks for bringing it to our attention. We experienced a hugely busy weekend over Easter and combined with operating in a challenging environment with Covid, we regret that we didn’t deliver on this occasion. Please accept our apologies as we have ruined what should have been a great experience for you, and that’s not good enough. We’ve got your details from our booking system and we’ll be in touch with you directly.
Written 19 April 2022
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Inspire757599
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Apr 2022 • Couples
Great views, great walk and cafe at the start, free shuttle bus included with the ticket which was handy to take you back to the start after completing the trail.
Written 15 April 2022
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Thanks for the review! Sounds like you had a great time in the valley, and you're not alone appreciating the bus back to the top at the end of your walk! Appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
Written 17 April 2022
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Jess
5 contributions
Mar 2022
Great walking track! Very well maintained and the guidebook is really interesting, with a wide range of information about the area.
The walk is nice and easy, well maintained, and with lots of benches you could definitely take a picnic lunch and make a whole day of it. Also very doable for those who are unfit/have small children
Written 3 April 2022
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Thanks so much for your lovely review. We're stoked that you appreciated the Wanderer Guide, there's so many interesting stories to share about this special part of New Zealand and our history. We work hard to look after and maintain the valley, so it's great to see that our mahi is noticed. Thank you.
Written 17 April 2022
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magda m
3 contributions
It's a lovely, peaceful. Great go around Waimanga Valley. The boat trip was the highlight of the whole trip. You get to see the volcanic lakes. Beautiful nature.
Written 21 March 2022
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Thank you Magda! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and particularly the boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. It's such a privilege to share this special place nd our beautiful natural environment with visitors.
Written 17 April 2022
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Stewarts Vacation
472 contributions
Mar 2022
This amazing experience of geothermal activity is enhanced by its variety and the fact that the walk (steep in some places) is all DOWNHILL!! The path is well maintained and clearly signposted, with interesting information, both on display boards and in the detailed Wanderer Guide leaflet. It is important to wear good walking shoes. We did not do the optional Mt Haszard hiking trail, but spent about 3 hours making our way slowly along the main path, past the 32 points of interest as marked in the guide. This also included the bird watching section. The 45 minute boat trip on Lake Rotomahana was fascinating and intriguing. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and provided interesting commentary.
There are three bus stops in the valley (the last being at the lake) so there is no need to trudge back up the valley!
We enjoyed good coffee and snacks at the cafe at the entrance. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming.
Written 6 March 2022
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Thank you so much for the lovely review! We're so glad you appreciated all of the information available and got the most out of your visit with both the walk and boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana, especially the bus back uphill. Thanks for also joining us in the cafe. We'll pass on your comments to the team and hopefully see you back in the valley sometime.
Written 15 March 2022
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rosie h
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Great walk with amazing views, so glad we visited here and was a highlight of our trip, very friendly bus driver also who picked us up from the end of the walk
Written 8 February 2022
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Thanks for your review Rosie, awesome to hear it was a highlight of your trip. We'd love to see you again sometime, maybe you could try the cruise on Lake Rotomahana?
Written 15 March 2022
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