Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the ultimate geothermal experience, conveniently located 20 minutes south of Rotorua or 45 minutes north of Taupo.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua is a geothermal destination for all to enjoy. Whatever your age or fitness level, you’ll find something that suits you from our choice of easy walks, advanced hikes and boat cruise experiences, ranging in duration from 45 minutes to over 4 hours.
Waimangu is open daily throughout the year between 8.30a.m and 5.00 pm (6 p.m. in January)
Set in serene New Zealand forest today, this amazing volcanic valley was born from the total devastation of a massive eruption. The 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera destroyed the surrounding area, taking with it many lives. A 17-kilometre rift opened in the earth, Mount Tarawera split in two, Lake Rotomahana exploded to 20 times its size, and seven craters opened to form Waimangu Volcanic Valley.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to Frying Pan Lake, the world’s largest hot spring, and the mysterious Inferno Crater, an underwater crypto-geyser causing the lake levels to rise and fall and overflow on a cycle. The area has unique botany, with specially thermally adapted to the environment.
Admission prices include a courtesy bus service. At the end of your walk or cruise you can shuttle back up the valley to the Waimangu Visitor Centre where you’ll find the Waimangu Local Store & Café with a great selection of cabinet favourites, and a menu of brunch and lunch options including delicious home-style pizzas. The store features local and New Zealand made gifts.
The best way to discover everything the Waimangu Volcanic Valley has to offer. Walk through the geothermal valley to Lake Rotomahana, where you’ll take a 45 minute boat cruise. Learn about the history of Mount Tarawera and the Pink and White Terraces as you weave down the valley on walking and hiking trails around spectacular geothermal attractions. Then cruise to the final resting place of the Pink and White Terraces and marvel at the unique lakeside geothermal geysers, steaming cliffs and features.
Waimangu is a unique environment of natural beauty offering a range of eco focussed nature walks showcasing volcanic activity, geothermal features, unique botany, native plants and abundant bird life. Free guide sheets in a wide variety of languages bring alive the features you discover as you walk through the valley. Walks are predominantly downhill, range from 45 minutes to 4 hours and are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Note that the Mt Haszard trail is steep and requires a good level of fitness. Price includes return internal bus transport between points and back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre..
An optional add-on to your walk is a cruise on Lake Rotomahana which has its own, separate geothermal system. The newest of New Zealand’s naturally formed larger lakes, Lake Rotomahana is the last resting place of the Pink and White Terraces, renowned in the 19th Century as the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’. During the cruise your captain will give you an English language commentary about the lake, its history and the geothermal activity – fumaroles, geysers and hot springs – you will see on the lake edges.
NB The Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise is an extra cost to the self guided walk (You need to book both)
Phone: 07 366 6137