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Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Free admission
Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua, North Island

The Basics

The 1- to 2.5-mile (1.5- to 4-kilometer) pathway takes visitors on an easy 45-minute walk past thermal pools, geysers, fumaroles, and fissures to the lake edge. Complimentary shuttles offer rides between stops. Avid hikers can split off on the Mt. Hazard trail to get better views of the valley and gaze down on the lakes, radiant in turquoise and greens. One lake provides one of the best activities in the valley: a cruise on Lake Rotomahana. This naturally formed lake, once home to the Pink and White Terraces, covers 15 separate craters and is a haven for endangered birds.

A guided tour of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley provides more insight into how this exceptionally young landscape transforms by the day. Some tours include the option to explore Wai-O-Tapu, the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village, Huka Falls, or the Hobbiton Movie Set. A seaplane flight offers otherworldly views from above.

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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
$20.98 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Visit not to be missed
Definitely worth the visit Morning is best when the weather is cold A lot more visible steam rising Easy walk down and the benefit of getting the bus back up
Tina_W, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

star-5
A wonderful afternoon
chj, Jul 2020
Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
Wonderfully rich experience of flora, fauna and geothermal activity in a spectacular historic and dynamic landscape
star-5
The acidic lake
Fruzsina_S, Jan 2020
Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
The tour was really interesting and spectacular. The walkway was well built, walkable even with a pram. The bird lake, in the end, is a magical surprise.
star-5
A must!
Storyteller153596, Dec 2019
Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
Definitely it was marvellous. The weather was perfect, the driver and the plane were perfect and it was so marvellous the views the pictures we took. A must !
star-4
New Zealands walk of Gems
BryanColeman, Jan 2021
Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu
The walk had lakes and pools that I never knew existed even though we spent a lot of time in Rotarua in the past. These hidden gems added to the spectacular views and with children with us we were worried they might not want to walk the full track. How wrong we were, they were amazed and they all enjoyed the day. Luckily we asked about the boat cruise because even though we booked the boat we were turned down when we arrived. When we got back from the walk on the bus I mentioned that the boat was running again and we were quickly put back on the bus and made the final cruise of the day. All up a great experience for the young and old in our group of six.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; some of the terrain is uneven and requires going up or down steps.

  • Wheelchair access is available along flat areas of the walkway, but the Inferno Crater and the Mt. Haszard hiking trail are not suitable for wheelchairs.

  • Lightweight, fold-up wheelchairs and strollers can board shuttle buses and the Lake Rotomahana boat.

  • Book early for boat tours during peak season (November to March).

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How to Get There

The Waimangu Volcanic Valley sits 25 minutes from downtown Rotorua at 587 Waimangu Road, just off State Highway 5. It’s a fascinating journey along the Thermal Highway, with round-trip transport from central Rotorua provided by most tour operators. Many vehicles stop for photo ops at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) en route. There is also shuttle bus service from Rotorua to Waimangu.

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When to Get There

This natural attraction is open daily 8:30am to 5pm (until 6pm in January), with the last admission at 3:30pm. Be sure to arrive by afternoon if you plan to take a lake cruise or hike, and allow at least 1.5 hours for your visit. Boat tours run 45 minutes, with six scheduled departures daily.

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Mt. Tarawera’s Eruption

When Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886, it forever changed the Rotorua landscape into a valley of steaming wonder. Though New Zealand’s indigenous Maori made use of these hot spots for centuries, the geothermal activity here grew 20 times larger once the Tarawera eruption was complete. Visitors can learn more at the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, a former Maori village established by missionaries and destroyed in the blast.

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