“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