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Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Visitor Options

“Thermal wonderland . About 30 minutes by car from Rotorua for anyone wanting to see fantastic thermal activity and fabulous native bush in the one setting, this place is hard to go past. You do need a reasonable level of fitness to get to Lake Rotomahana but there is a bus that will get you back up the hill. Some of the track is steep so good footwear is a must.  We were so awestruck by the majesty of the place we took over 2.5 hours getting to the lake so we missed the last boat trip but that didn't detract from the entire experience. The highlight for me was seeing the on-going re-birth of the terraces that were destroyed in the Tarawera eruption - assuming no more eruptions they'll look fantastic in a few hundred years time!"  Visitor from Auckland, NZ, September 2016

Prime Rotorua tourist attraction, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, offers guided tours through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system.  We have some of the best walking trails in Rotorua, so put us at the top of your list of things to see and do while in Rotorua.  Take your choice from our range of sight-seeing tours and nature walks through pristine New Zealand bush. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, volcanic craters and many more geothermal features.

Relax on a cruise of beautiful Lake Rotomahana and view the activity of its own separate geothermal system, or take a combination of walk and cruise. 

Click through to our Interactive Map and take a virtual walk through the valley.

Ask our reception staff for help to choose the best option for you. 

Disabled access to Waimangu is limited.  Please contact us for details.

Your experience includes FREE guide and fact sheets in many languages, available from our Visitor Centre.

Walking & Hiking Self Guided Tours and Boat Cruise
Departing from the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Visitor Centre

Walking & Hiking
Walking & Hiking
Our self-guided, eco-focused walking or hiking tours are from 45 minutes to over 4 hours, depending on the trail you choose to take. Your journey takes you through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system...
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Boat Cruise
Boat Cruise
See the wonders of Waimangu Volcanic Valley from the comfort of a boat. Enjoy a cruise on sparkling Lake Rotomahana, a lake with its own separate geothermal system, with some amazing thermal activity only viewable by boat...
Walk & Boat Cruise Combo
Walk & Boat Cruise
Take one of our nature walks or an invigorating hike to explore other-worldly geothermal landscapes, steaming craters and more, then relax and enjoy a lake cruise, discovering astounding sights only accessible by our boat...

Guided Tours
We offer 2 distinctive Guided Tours for individual travellers or groups.
Tours include transfers to and from your Rotorua accommodation.

Geothermal Wonderland
Geothermal Wonderland
A half-day guided tour that includes the sights and sounds of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley walking trails or hiking tracks and a visit to the nearby Waiotapu Geothermal Park...
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Volcanoes & Rainforests
Volcanoes & Rainforests
This full day guided tour  includes a trip to Whirinaki Rain Forest, a journey through Waimangu Volcanic Valley and a Boat Cruise on Lake Rotomahana. Lunch is also included...
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We offer the Rotorua Trilogy package, a self-drive tour of
3 top attractions, that can be taken at your own pace.

Rotorua Trilogy
A self-drive tour  taken at your own pace combines 3 of New Zealand’s iconic cultural and natural heritage attractions - Rotorua Museum, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Whakarewarewa - the Living Thermal Village...
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