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
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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zden009
Pinehill, New Zealand9 contributions
Best geo-thermal park in Rotorua
Apr 2021
Have been to all of the geo thermal parks in Rotorua and this is the best walk! beautiful landscapes and detailed description of the attractions. Great for couples and families.
Written 30 April 2021
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Thanks very much for that fantastic review and your recommendation to future travellers in the area. We are rapt to have had you through for a visit and we hope that we will see you back again sometime in the future.
Written 2 May 2021
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Emma W
Auckland, New Zealand327 contributions
Quality volcanic tour
Apr 2021
We got a great deal through BookMe and really enjoyed the tour. We turned up early and managed to complete the entire self-guided walking part, before the boat cruise. You get to see a wide variety of volcanic attractions and the guide book is very detailed.

The boat cruise takes you out across Lake Rotomahana, loomed over by Mount Tarawera. You pass by where the Pink and White Terraces once stood. You also get to see a wide variety of volcanic attractions along the shoreline, along with birdlife.

I haven't been to any of the other paid volcanic attractions around Rotorua, so I don't know how this one compares to the others. I feel this one has a point of difference with the boat cruise. There are only small geysers, but they are always firing.

We had lunch at the café, the food was reasonably priced and very good. I will recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rotorua.
Written 20 April 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to post your excellent review and comments for future travellers to the area. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and really immersed yourself in the place by doing the Full Waimangu Experience including the full walk followed by the boat cruise and lunch in the cafe. Great to have you along for a visit and we hope to see you back again some time in the future.
Written 2 May 2021
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Camper818196
5 contributions
Wonderful trip
Apr 2021 • Couples
The staff at the cafe were excellent and gave us detailed information and recommendations.
The walk itself was beautiful and the information provided was very accessible. Just enough to read! The scenery was wonderful and the walk easy.
The cruise at the end was relaxing and we also learned a lot on this! Only recommendation would be for the tour guide on the boat regarding pronunciation of words in Te Reo.
Awesome day out!
Written 15 April 2021
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Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review and feedback - we really appreciate it. We take onboard your feedback. Looks like you had a great visit overall which we are so pleased to see. Hope to see you back again at some stage again in future for another visit.
Written 18 April 2021
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eliserb
Toronto, Canada25 contributions
Wonderful Waimangu
Apr 2021
What an idyllic part of the country this is, and the sights along the walk were absolutely fantastic. It is not however, as advertised, an easy 2 hour walk to get to your boat ride! It is hilly, arid and in order to take in all the sights, read the material, take photos and engage with the spirituality of the environment and the beauty of the landscape - you really need about another 30 minutes longer at least! The pressure to get to your boat ride meant that you could not really relax on your walk for any time! But we loved the colours, the scenery and the artwork highlighted!
Written 7 April 2021
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Looks like you really immersed yourself in the place for your visit which is great to see. Sometimes walk timing does depend on, as you have noted, the connection you feel during your visit so your recommendation for future travellers is well made......best to take your time, spread out, and really enjoy your visit. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the visit and we hope that will see you back again sometime in the future. Thanks for taking the time to post your review and comments.
Written 8 April 2021
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Linzeeward
Greytown, New Zealand11 contributions
A perfect afternoon
Apr 2021 • Friends
Just called in here after picking friends up from the airport and what a treat.
Spectacular scenery, very nice walk and a boat trip as a highlight at the end.
Highly recommend you put this on. Your must do list.
Written 7 April 2021
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Thank you very much for that fantastic review and recommendation. So pleased that you discovered Waimangu and we hope to see you again some time in the future.
Written 8 April 2021
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Jane
Wellington, New Zealand41 contributions
Visit at discount rate
Apr 2021
Visited in April 2021 as part of long Easter weekend. We did both the walk and the boat cruise. It’s a nice walk, but there isn’t as much to see as other geothermal parks near Rotorua. It’s also quite long and not a loop. Boat was a nice cruise out over the water and was nice to see Mt Tarawera.

Check the bus times, and if you have a specific time you need to get the boat - give them a call. We had 12pm on our reception ticket and were on the 2pm boat and didn’t leave the valley until 3.20. There’s also an app you can download but only realised this after we had been.

Been to a few of the geothermal parks round Rotorua. For $50 discount price for usual $85 I was expecting a bit more. Most expensive out of all the competitors. I know you are trying to show kiwis they are getting a discount but to charge tourists $85 for this seems a bit overpriced... Even in covid-19 times. Have a kiwi rate that is just lower until the border opens then change it again.

Could also do with a better system for checking in and getting your tickets. Long cafe line that moved slowly. Set up something electronic? Understand that covid-19 means you can’t pay people permanently but you could have paid another staff member just over public holiday weekends where higher footfall expected, especially whilst Wai-o-tapu is being refurbished. We could totally have just walked in and walked through without paying due to the line to get everything at the cafe if we weren’t getting on a boat.
Written 4 April 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience over Easter. Overall looks like you enjoyed your visit but we certainly appreciate your feedback and comments around things like check in process and wait times - we will take those on board for sure and will review and adjust accordingly.
Written 4 April 2021
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Tooktheredpill
Auckland, New Zealand122 contributions
Pretty good.
Apr 2021
If you are after the best photo of inferno crater the best time (we went Apr 3) would be mid to late afternoon when the crater is more likely to be in full sun. Even at midday it was still mostly shaded by the cliffs. My guess is that late Dec would be the best time of year as the sun is further south. The rest of the walk was good with a mini geyser and frying pan lake being other highlights. The only bummer was that we just missed the bus (every hr near lunchtime) so we just walked back. The kids were pretty good about it
Written 3 April 2021
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Great to have you through for a visit Simon and thanks for taking the time to post your review and notes for future visitors. Sorry to see that you missed one of the shuttle buses but pleased to see that you walked back to the visitor centre ok on your own. Hope to see you back again to check on Inferno Crater and the best light for taking photos soon.
Written 4 April 2021
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amypie71
Mangawhai Heads, New Zealand49 contributions
Superb value for money
Mar 2021
We didn't expect the experience that we got. Superb value for money, loved the long walk down through the valley past the different art on display and seeing all the scenery, craters and bubbling pools. Amazing nature and landscapes, thoroughly enjoyed it and the knowledgable bus driver that picked us up at the bottom was excellent. Can totally recommend it.
Written 31 March 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to post your review - we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit and recommend a visit for other travellers to the area. We hope to see you back again for another visit again soon!
Written 4 April 2021
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Steve C
Auckland, New Zealand30 contributions
Great place to visit.
Mar 2021
I found the experience very interesting and well run. To learn of the events that took place here well woth the visit.
Written 21 March 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to post your excellent review and comments Steve - we really appreciate it. Great to have you along for a visit and we hope to see you again sometime in future.
Written 28 March 2021
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JohnDeereQueen
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand52 contributions
Stunning scenery, very friendly and welcoming staff, highly recommend!
Feb 2021
We were welcomed by very friendly staff including the manager who took the time to stop and chat with us which was much appreciated. We travelled by bus down to the lake and then went on the launch for the lake trip. Such a lovely experience! The boat captain gave an excellent commentary and was quite entertaining. The scenery was absolutely stunning; I don't often video what I am seeing but I did on this trip as the geothermal activity and the views were so spectacular. I highly recommend visiting this venue and taking this trip in the very near future as there is currently a special re-opening deal on which makes the whole visit extremely reasonably priced.
Written 20 March 2021
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We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and it was our pleasure to be able to host you for a visit! Thanks for taking the time to post your comments and we really appreciate your recommendation for future travellers to the area. Hope to see you back again for another visit some time in the near future. Thanks again.
Written 28 March 2021
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