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WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY

'The world's youngest geothermal system'
TripAdvisor Reviews consistently rate Waimangu the No 1 geothermal attraction in Rotorua

“Fantastic volcanic hike. Really impressive and interesting volcanic area with a wide variety of different features - "boiling" lakes, fumeroles, craters, mountains, panoramic views... just generally fantastic….There there is plenty to see at Waimangu. The main attraction is a 4km hiking route with around 25 stops on the way (or more if you choose to add hiking up one of the volcanoes). Each stop is something different - you can see where a whole valley was blown away by an eruption, mountainside craters, steaming lakes, steaming rivers, volcanic terraces and all sorts. The hike itself is easy - there isn't much in the way of strenuous ascents/descents - it's all quite gentle. We saw several elderly people taking the hike and none seemed to be having any difficulty.” Visitor from the UK, 2017

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. Our exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine New Zealand bush. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes south of Rotorua and 40 minutes north of Taupo.

We offer a range of self-guided eco tours and walks through this geothermal park, from a 45 minute walk to an extended 4 hours of discovery through our amazing Valley.

Click here for an interactive map, which gives an overview of our walks and hikes and the Lake Rotomahana boat cruise.

View Waimangu's steaming landscape and other fascinating geothermal features as you follow our crater walkways. Choose an easy-walking track or take an invigorating hike to enjoy superb panoramas. Click here to view Visitor Options.  Our courtesy Shuttle Bus runs through the valley regularly and can return you to our Visitor Centre.

We also offer 2  popular Guided Tours which include transport to and from Rotorua. Click here to view our Guided Tours.

Round off your visit with a boat cruise on beautiful Lake Rotomahana, seeing rare geothermal sights not accessible on foot.

Put Waimangu Volcanic Valley at the top of your list of things to see and do in Rotorua.

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