Read what our visitors say
“Fascinating! Accidentally came across this place. It's a lovely walk and completely mesmerising. It's like going back to Jarassic times!" Visitor from UK, November 2016
“Best in Rotorua district. People come to Rotorua district to experience volcanic activities and there are three main attractions: Te Puia, Waimangu, and Waiotapu. Waimangu gets our vote despite its being without the mudpool and geyser features. What it has is 3 steamy lakes each with its own character and a most beautiful steamy gully and mud flats, set among natural forest. One experiences these features by walking through the forest - a downhill walk with an ascent to the third lake which has the look and feel of a swimming pool with the same blue and believe-it-or-not "concreted" sidewall! Then it is a walk through the gully which features a variety of activities including some small geysers. Then the mud flats. A bus will take you back to the entrance! We loved it." Visitor from SE Asia, August 2016
"A very unique place for the nature connoisseur! Very interesting geology and biology. So much to see and learn. Boat trip at the end is worthwhile and makes the experience complete. Need to do a lot of walking (including going down steep slope) but paths are clearly marked (possible just to take the shuttle bus, but you would miss the most interesting and beautiful things). Good map provided with detailed biological/geological information to do a self-guided tour. Spent half a day there, just enough to see everything without being rushed, but could have stayed longer. Seems to be off the beaten track for the large tour buses. This place is for the nature connoisseur, and not for the been-there-and took a photo crowd!" Visitor from China, July 2016
“Great views. The park is filled with steaming geothermal activity. It also used to house the largest geyser in the world but that geyser ceased "blowing its stack" sometime in the early 20th century. Very interesting park; lots of photo opportunities." Visitor from USA, May 2016
“Active geothermal crater/lake. Breathtaking view and easy hike down to see a "boiling" lake. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and explained
the history as we hiked down. He also pointed out the native plants along the way. It was amazing to see the geothermal activity in and around the lake. We only had 2 hours here but could have spent the day exploring the area." Visitors from USA, April 2016
“A great way to see the volcanic activity. This park involved, for us, a long steep walk into the valley, then a 90 minute casual walk to the lake, where we took the free bus back to the start. Along the way you are constantly amazed by coloured pools, bubbling mud, great views, and surrounding nature. You can take as long as you want to walk the trails. This was our favourite thermal attraction in NZ, which cost $75 for two, and well worth it." Visitor from Australia, March 2016
“Must see in Rotorua. As you walk downwards you come along all thermal features After hike of 2 hours via Mt Hazard Hiking trail we ended up at the lake after having stunning views over the valley and the craters This parc is totally different then the ones close by town Far more natural and less touristical At the lake a bus brings you back to the car park." Visitor from Belgium, January 2016
“Not only the pools - also the vegetation.
We arrived quite late in the afternoon but were told that we could come back the next day - very helpful.
It turned out not to be necessary as we are reasonable walkers - although we did take a lot of photos (but not the trip on the lake).
The valley contains steaming pools, coloured terraces and lakes, bubbling hot springs.
Also birds in the wooded areas and on the lake. It only lacks an evident active volcano (I mean the cone-shaped type.)
It is not only the volcanic elements which we found interesting but also the valley itself - which had regenerated from complete devastation after an eruption not long ago. There were huge tree ferns, lush growth right down to the steaming waters, general native bush and wildlife.
Having been to Iceland earlier in the year, this was sooo different!" Visitor from the UK, January 2016
“4km of ever changing activity We cycled out to Waimangu from Rotorua which added another sense of adventure to the day. The actual Volcanic Valley requires a 4km downhill walk, but it is not a leisurely stroll and does require a little bit of agility. I believe you could skip this and take a bus and boat but you would miss most of the sites. Every turn of the path there was something new to see, the colours, bubbles, lakes and wildlife were definitely worth the walk." Visitor from Australia, December 2015
"Definitely a must see. This hike literally saved Rotorua from a bad score. In our opinion definitely the best thing to see around. The hike, if you do a side walk as well, takes about 2 hours to complete. It is mostly downhill with beautiful views of the thermal activity sights. The side walk takes you up to a beautiful geyser and some nice lookout spots. We are very happy we decided to come!" Visitor from Croatia, December 2015
“Wow! Just spectacular. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley doesn't get a huge rating on Trip Advisor, but I think that's because it isn't as heavily advertised as some of the other attractions at Rotorua. This valley is BEAUTIFUL, and the way it has even developed is lovely. You start at the visitor centre and walk down the thermal valley for about 1.5 hours. The small river that runs down the valley broadens at places into amazing lakes. There are also crystal deposits, a small geyser, some bubbling mud, and mineral terraces. It's all here and all natural! You can take a side loop which lets you walk to the top of one of the bluffs and you get amazing views of the landscape and a couple of spectacular volcanic lakes (one of which fills and empties on a regular cycle). There are plenty of informative signs that explain the history of the area. At the end of the walk the bus picks you up and takes you back to the top of the mountain. Nothing is cheap in Rotorua, but this place is worth the admission price. Not touristy, not cheesy, not over-hyped. Just spectacular." Visitor from Australia, December 2015