Read what our visitors say
“Scenic thermal valley. We loved walking through this unspoiled thermal valley. The interpretative boards were really interesting. Paths are well formed and easy going. Take your time for a relaxed meander through this natural wonderland." Visited September 2015
“Excellent Geothermal Experience. Came to the North Island of New Zealand specifically for the Geothermal experience. Took a self- guided tour and the boat trip. Got there right at opening and started the walk...we are hikers and can put the miles on so the 1 hour 45 minute walk to catch the boat sounded easy. We were also advised to walk up the hiking trail to see the crater but not take the hiking trail as the regular walk was better with more to see. We stopped at every numbered spot, read the information and took photos. We were all alone on the trail and it was wonderful. Climbed the short stairs to the crater, back down to the trail to continue and realized that if we didn't run we would miss the first boat at 10:30 and have to wait for another hour for the lake tour. The guide saw us running down the trail and when we got there again we were the only ones so we were lucky enough to have a private boat tour which was so beautiful. We took the bus back to the top. It was by far the best of all the Geothermal spots if that's the reason you came here. Nice walk, beautiful views, excellent trip on the lake.
Visited November 2015.
“Stunning and amazing place in a hidden valley. As long as you're prepared for an undemanding 1.5 to 2hr one way walk, 20km from town, exploring this rift valley is a must do NZ experience. The whole place was flattened by a massive volcanic event just 100+ years ago yet the dense lush regrowth and the new hydrothemal features are amazing". Visited October 2015
“An interesting and enjoyable with an optional boat trip. Beautiful walk, well sign posted with lots to keep kids interested as you walk, with a cafe at the end (or beginning) with delicious home made food and friendly service." Visited August 2015
"Beautiful. Quiet, interesting hike down to Lake Rotomahana. What a beautiful day out. A nice P\p\\peaceful hike down to Lake Rotomahana with the option to go up and over Mt Hazard. A variety of pools, hot springs and things to see on the way to the lake. Once at the lake a very informative, lovely boat ride around the lake to the Volcano Explosion Point and a stop over the long gone Pink and White Terraces. An Absolute Must for any hiking enthusiast with so much to see on a well maintained track at your own pace." Visited July 2015
“Best geothermal experience yet! I will be the first to admit, if the attraction is overly crowded, my enjoyment goes down significantly. The beauty of Waimangu is that the entrance staggers the people they let in, so you are never overwhelmed with too many people at any particular point during the journey. Something I appreciate to no end. I thought it was such a beautiful place, with well-maintained walking trails and an abundance of wildlife (probably due to not being scared away by millions of tourists). The trail from the visitor center to the lake is neat in that you can catch a bus back from the end (which is great if you have children or are tired at the end of the walk). Overall, I would recommend to nature lovers." Visited July 2015
“This is the absolute best part of Rotorua/Taupo region.Honestly I don't know how any other thermal parks are in business after going to this place. It blows my mind how incredible it is. Perhaps people are deterred by the long walk and the fact that it is not your typical tourist attraction. It is much more natural and unadulterated than other touristy thermal parks. But as a result, the thermal activity, streams, lakes etc are like nothing you have ever seen before. This is by far the best attraction and most beautiful attraction in the whole region. Highly recommend it." Visited June 2015
“Stunning! I was lucky it was a sunny clear day when I visited Waimangu. The birds were singing and there were not too many other tourists so we were well "spread out" and able to enjoy the solitude. You pass bubbling hot springs, silica terraces, huge craters and have magnificent panoramic views across the mountains. Even if you are not usually interested in geology this valley will impress you, demonstrating the forces of nature in a dramatic way.” Visited May 2015
“Amazing thermal landscape. This is definitely a must-see. We were lucky that it was a relatively cloudy day with temperatures around 18 Degrees Celsius which made walking a very pleasant experience. The valley is simply amazing - bubbling springs and mud pools, fabulous landscape and the green is stunning. Unfortunately we couldn't walk till the end since it started raining in between and we didn't have rain gear on. So we had to take the bus at the second bus stop." Visited April 2015
"Best volcanic site in Rotorua! Make the effort to get out of town, this is an immensely impressive place. We went on a day when visitor numbers were low, and only met other ones and twos on the trails. Basically you go on a predominantly downhill walk on good paths, through an unspoilt valley (managed by the Department of Conservation) past the volcanic features, which include Frying Pan Lake (the world's largest hot spring), the near boiling intensely blue Inferno Crater lake, past bubbling mud, silica terraces, finally reaching Rotomahana lake which conceals the remains of the famous pink and white terraces which were destroyed by the 1886 eruption. The boat trip on Lake Rotomahana is relatively expensive, so some people left it out, but we enjoyed the wildlife and the informative commentary from the staff. A bus takes you back to the start point, which is good, because we had walked several kilometres without noticing, and going back uphill would have been tiring!" Visited March 2015
“A photographer's dream. Consisting of a bush walk, leading to several amazing volcanic features, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a fantastic day trip. You are given a leaflet that guides you along the way, with interesting and well written interpretation on the volcanic features, the history and the nature generally. It is downhill on the way to the lake, although there is an optional trail up and down Mt Hazard. Waimangu is a photographer’s dream, with fabulous colours and vistas all over the site, from the boiling Frying Pan Lake, past geysers, boiling mud and brightly coloured flowing streams of boiling water. The Inferno Crater Lake at the start of the Mt Hazard trail has to be seen to be believed.
The boat trip on Lake Rotomahana at the end was very nice,,,,,,,,.Again, you get a good leaflet on the boat, and the skipper also points out the places of interest. Allow plenty of time to avoid having to rush at the end - there are many great views to pause at and take in, and for the patient there are bird-spotting opportunities near the lake." Visited January 2015
“Stunning! Chose this attraction en route from Rotorua to Napier, having driven past several others with loads of coach parties in the car park. So pleased that we made that decision. Pay your money, I thought it was very fairly priced, and you are given an excellent wanderer guide which guides you through the valley providing masses of information on your walk. Very well presented and organised and not busy at all, despite the rain I would thoroughly recommend this to everyone." Visited January 2015
“Definitely recommend it. We were here on a boiling hot day. Booked for the independent walk and boat trip at the end. Walked down the valley taking longer than the customer service person thought we would (2 1/2 hours) as we stopped so much taking in the sights and information. The info sheets handed to us were excellent. Then hopped on the boat at the end - very interesting and good commentary, the pilot (?) happily answering any questions we had. Then hopped on the bus to bring us up the valley back to the entrance, thank goodness as we were worn out from the heat. An informative, interesting day out without being gruelling, not crowded and we could go at our own pace." Visited January 2015