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Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Explore the raw beauty of the world's youngest geothermal site on a self-guided, ecology-focused adventure among the craters of the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views over crater lakes, silica terraces and the volcanic valley
  • Spectacular natural colours
  • Home to Frying Pan Lake - one of the world's largest hot water springs
  • Rare and unusual plant life in the regenerating native forest
  • Learn the history of the world's youngest geothermal valley

Explore the raw beauty of the world's youngest geothermal site on a self-guided, ecology-focused adventure among the craters of the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

This exciting geothermal attraction has a very unique ecology with rare botany and plenty of fascinating geothermal features to explore.


See the Hypnotic steam rising from the Echo Crater, marvel at the stunning Frying Pan Lake (the world's largest hot water spring), and take in the beauty and dazzling blue of the Inferno Crater hot lake. The newly forming silica terraces are also a highlight not to be missed.

Waimagu Volcanic Valley is a protected scenic reserve and includes the beautiful Lake Rotomahana. The entire valley is shrouded in pristine native forest providing sanctuary for a wide variety of New Zealand birdlife.

At any stage during your walk, you can jump on board a courtesy shuttle which regularly circles the valley back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre.

There are a range of walking options for all abilities and ambitions including:

Easy Walking

A range of easy, mainly downhill walkways through pristine native bush, teeming with spectacular birdlife and geothermal highlights. Encounter hot pools, steaming volcanic craters, newly forming silica terraces, rare geothermal plants and the multi-coloured rocks of this mysterious and beautiful valley.


Mt Haszard Hiking Trail

If your looking for a bit more of an expedition opt for an invigorating hike along the Mt Haszard Hiking Trail taking you high above the valley floor with superb panoramic views of the unique landscape.

Beginning at the inferno crater the Mt Haszard trail follows parts of the original Waimangu walking route from the early 1900's when visitors came to view the Waimangu Geyser erupting.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes South of Rotorua or 40 minutes North of Taupo.

Adult $42.00
Child $14.00 (6-16 years)

What's included

  • Walking trails between 1.5km and 4km
  • Complimentary shuttle bus between stops

Location

  • 587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua, New Zealand.

  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes South of Rotorua or 40 minutes North of Taupo.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Important: Waimangu Volcanic Valley allows a 30 minute grace period before and after the discounted booking time. Opening time is 8:30am every morning and last entry is at 3:30pm. Outside of this grace period you will have to pay the difference in rate to enter.

    Cancellations within 24 hours non-refundable. Not suitable for wheelchair users.

    FREE entry for children under 6 years.

    Please Note: Suitable footwear and a degree of fitness is required for the Mt Haszard Trail, which is steep and rough in places and isn't suitable for children, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Available Bookings from September 27 to October 03

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Susan Philpott from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2020

Great afternoon

Very enjoyable walk

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thanks you Susan for the 5-Star Review! So glad you enjoyed your afternoon here.

Harsh Barot from United States wrote on 14 March 2020

Excellent

Great experience. We spent 3 hours and it was worth it.

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Kia Ora Harsh, thank you for taking you time to share you feedback, we're thrilled you had a great experience and took your time to make the most of the valley. Safe travels here in New Zealand!

Malu Rasmussen from Denmark wrote on 19 February 2020

Waimangu

Excellent. Walk all way to the lake and back.

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thank you Malu for your lovely review and 5-Star Rating. We appreciate you taking the time to post your review and we're pleased you had such a great time. Safe Travels!

Christine Bromley from New Zealand wrote on 21 July 2020

Nice scenery

Nice walk, pity about the weather but saw lots of fantail feeding on shrubs by the water. Also had 2 tomtits visit us whilst walking. Very nosy little birds and a delight to see them. The colour of the geyser crater was amazing. Very informative staff from the reception to the bus driver and boat captain. Thank you

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Thank you Christine for taking the time to share your feedback, we're so pleased you enjoyed the walk despite the rain and got to encounter some of the lovely birds down at the lake! We hope to see you out here again someday.

johndavidl from New Zealand wrote on 02 April 2020

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

The walk was an easy downhill walk with plenty of things to see and photograph. The bus trip back to the entrance was excellent.

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Thanks John for the lovely review, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit and got to see plenty along the way!

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