Thank you very much indeed for your welcome yesterday at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. We were just amazed at the beauty of your facility! We did walk all of your marked trails and enjoyed hours of viewing awesome geological features and colors. We took a few hundred photos and we wish we could have taken even more, as the ones we have can't match the beauty of nature's colors. We also appreciated that you arranged for us to join the boat tour. Your captain did a great job of sharing information and of timing our visit to the lakeside geyser. ...... Again, thank you for a wonderful experience, which we know our subscribers will enjoy reading about, while they think about visiting New Zealand. With best regards, Mike and Gail, October 2013
“The most beautiful place in the world I have ever visited. We were lucky enough to travel on a round the world trip during March and April 2013, visiting America, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. We saw so many wonderful sights but this place for me tops the lot. I will never forget the first view of the lake with the steam rolling across it, the backdrop of the forest with the large ferns and the rock faces with more steam billowing out.
During our visit and walk down to the lake and bus ride back we only saw a half dozen people which made it even more special and it felt like a real adventure. The walk may put some off but I would recommend it to everyone. Its mainly downhill and there is the bus back up. Unfortunately we did not manage to fit in the lake boat trip. It is not a huge commercial tourist trap which adds to the charm. We paid for our tickets with an offer through the tourist information site which combined this with Wai-o-Tapu so the cost didn't seem too bad. Having been there though and if I had the opportunity to visit again I would pay whatever the ticket price was gladly – it’s wonderful. We sat watching the birds going right down to the steaming waters’ edge and found a pool full of frog spawn too.” June 2013
"In its natural state. What we loved most about Waimangu is how it's much closer to its natural state than many other thermal areas .....Waimangu is more like a DOC walk with incredible geothermal features thrown in. Highlights for us included a mini geyser (not sure if this little guy normally plays, there's been a fair amount of rain lately, in the brochure it was just described as a "hot spring"), the awesome Inferno crater and the terraces that give you a glimpse into what the Pink and White terraces (so close yet so far away) would have looked like in their day." Visitor from Auckland, New Zealand, May 2013
"Excellent Journey! This is one of my favourites places to visit in Rotorua . A long gentle walk, all downhill, and the sites are amazing. You really need to allow enough time to really just amble down and lose yourself in the surrounds as it is an incredibly peaceful journey with so much to take in. You really should allow yourself at least 4 hours here and not rush. The bus trip from the end back up is a godsend :) It is a must visit place for me and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Rotorua." - Testimonial from an Australian visitor, March 2013
“Weird and wonderful. A great place to visit, truly unique and for those who like to walk through a valley with so many weird and wonderful things it's a must. Yes it is pricey, but it's natural and not staged. ...... The shuttle bus included in admission price is very welcome as it can get quite hot in the area so take plenty of water and good walking shoes."
"Geothermal area with a pleasant downhill walk. This Volcanic rift valley was created on 10 June 1886 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera. The valley is filled with steaming and spouting geothermal lakes, pools, and streams. The walk is all down hill and only takes about an hour. We took the boat trip on Lake Rotomahana which lies at the base of Mount Tarawera. The boat took us counteclockwise around the lake spotting multiple sites of active geothermal activity. It was raining while we were on the walk and appreciated being loaned large umbrellas. We have to thank Trudi and Harvey James for their great kindness. The van that brought us here was unable to return. Harvey was able to give us back $30 of the $40 we paid for van round trip and his wife, Trudi, who runs the cafe at Waimangu, went way out of her way and gave us a ride back into Rotorua and even stopped at Tepuia allowing me to make a purchase there. Harvey operates Waimangu under contract. Trudi is one of the most lovely persons we have ever met! In addition she is a great cook and baker! Try anything in the cafe and I guarantee you will love it! God bless both of them!"
Reviewed December 2012
Reviewed 25 March 2013 by a visitor from the United Kingdom