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Waimangu Highlights/Easy Walking
Easy Walking

Self guided easy walking tours along crater walkways through beautiful Waimangu Volcanic Valley, followed by an optional Lake Rotomahana Cruise 

Mt Hazard Trail
Mt Hazard

With steep hills and some rough paths in places, this trail requires good fitness but repays the enthusiast with an easy walk across the summit and spectacular views of the valley and surrounding region.

Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise
Lake Rotamahana Boat Cruise

Rotomahana covers approximately 15 coalescing craters and is the North Island’s deepest lake. As a protected wildlife refuge for large numbers of birds it will remain one of New Zealand’s natural wilderness areas.

Easy Walking/Mt Hazard + Boat Cruise
Easy Walking, Mt Hazard and Boat Cruise

Take the walk/hike along the crater walkways of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, followed by the Lake Rotomahana Cruise. Allow 2 – 2.5 hours to walk from the Waimangu Entrance through the valley to the Lake Rotomahana Jetty.

Visitors’ Centre, Gift Shop & Café
Visitors Centre, Gift shop + Cafe A modern Visitors’ Centre houses a gift shop stocked with quality mementoes and a café offering a full menu of food and drinks. Enjoy the sun on our terrace overlooking the Valley.

southern crater
southern crater is approximately 50 metres deep and inactive. its shallow lake (emerald pool) is cold.
Echo Crater & Frying Pan Lake
Echo Crater & Frying Pan Lake Frying Pan Lake is one of the world's largest hot springs and occupies sub-craters within Echo Crater. Frying Pan Lake interacts with Inferno Crater in an unusual cyclic nature of filling and receding
Bus Stops 1, 2 and 3
Waimangu Shuttle Bus Our courtesy shuttle bus departs from Lake Rotomahana jetty for Waimangu’s Visitor Centre at regular intervals throughout the day.
Mt Hazard Trail
Mt Hazard Trail With steep hills and some rough paths in places, this trail requires good fitness but repays the enthusiast with an easy walk across the summit and spectacular views of the valley and surrounding region.
Iodine Pool
Iodine Pool See Iodine Pool's enchanting geyser.
Waimangu Stream
Waimangu Hot Water Stream Hot water streams bubble through the valley. The steam will give you a good indication of the heat of the water.
Pink Terrace Site
Pink TerracesDubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World” by 19th Century tourists these beautiful travertine formations were destroyed by the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera. Their sites are now covered by Lake Rotomahana.
White Terrace Site
White TerracesDubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World” by 19th Century tourists these beautiful travertine formations were destroyed by the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera. Their sites are now covered by Lake Rotomahana.
Donne Cliffs
Donne CliffsDuring your cruise you'll see Lake Rotomahana's geothermal system with fumaroles, geysers and other geothermal features that can be viewed only from our vessel.
Fumarole Bay
Fumarole BayThe very hot steam vents of Fumarole Bay present a spectacular and noisy scene.
Raupo Pond
The most recent geothermal event at Waimangu was in May 1981 when a large steam explosion in Raupo Pond created two new craterlets.
Black Crater
Black Crater is walled by massive lava outcrops on one side and steaming hot ground on the other. The black deposits accumulating around the crater immediately after the 1886 eruption gave rise to its name, but today the ground is discoloured to pinks and reds.
Fairy Crater
This deep, steep sided crater plunges down 56 metres with spectacular lava bluffs forming its walls.
Cathedral Rocks
Cathedral RocksThis steaming monolith was completely changed in shape by the eruption of the Frying pan flat eruption in 1917. It is composed of massive rhyolitic lava which is at least 60,000 years old, much older than Tarawera Volcano.
Inferno Crater
Inferno CraterThe steaming blue jewel of Waimangu lies in an 1886 crater blown in the side of Mt Hazard. The largest geyser-like feature in the world, Inferno Crater has a unique and mysterious connection with Frying Pan Lake
Lake Jetty
Lake JettyBoat cruises leave here for a 45 minute circle of the lake to view geothermal & historical points of interest and the sites of the once world famous Pink & White Terraces destroyed by the 1886 Tarawera Eruption. Tickets usually available from boat captain.
Warbrick Terrace
Warbrick TerraceMulti-coloured, fast growing silica platforms deposited over time form a dam across the warm stream draining through the crater. Named after the Warbrick family who were intimately connected with this area’s history
Marble Terrace
Marble TerraceComposed of similar material to that of the Pink and White Terraces destroyed in the 1886 Tarawera Eruption, these buttresses have been successively built in layers over time. The silica rich water is supplied by a nearby spring in Iodine Pool.
Starhill Crater
Starhill CraterFormed by the 1886 eruption this small crater was originally separate from the main Rotomahana crater. Now it is linked by a narrow passage. Its very sheltered position and warm microclimate have encouraged the re-establishment of plants
Visitor Centre Gift Shop & Cafe Southern Crater Echo Crater & Frying Pan Lake Bus Stops 1, 2 and 3 Bus Stops 1, 2 and 3 Bus Stops 1, 2 and 3 Mt Hazard Trail Iodine pool Waimangu Stream Pink Terrace Site White Terrace Site Donne Cliffs Fumarole Bay Raupo Pond Black Crater Fairy Crater Cathedral Rocks Inferno Crater Lake Jetty Warbrick Terrace Marble Terrace Starhill Crater
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