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Waimangu Volcanic Valley, situated in the Rotorua region of New Zealand, is the world’s youngest geothermal system.

Waimangu is the only geothermal system in the world...
  • wholly created within written history
  • which can be pin-pointed to an exact time and event
  • created solely as a direct result of a volcanic eruption – the Tarawera Eruption of 10 June 1886.

Waimangu is the only geothermal system in New Zealand...

  • where all surface features are contained within a single geological structure, the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.
  • that has not been altered or exploited by man
  • totally protected by the law

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the site of the world's largest:

  • Crypto Geyser (geyser-like feature), Inferno Crater
  • Recorded geyser, Waimangu Geyser, played regularly between 1901 and 1904
  • Hot Water Spring (in terms of surface area), Frying Pan Lake

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to:

  • the only example of New Zealand native forest naturally regenerating from complete devastation.
  • several rare and unusual geothermally adopted plants
  • geysers and hot springs
  • a Scenic Reserve, owned by the people of New Zealand and administered on their behalf by the Department of Conservation.
  • several geothermal silica terraces internationally classified as Category 1 importance, including Warbrick Terrace which is growing in a right-angle shape.

Lake Rotomahana is:

  • the newest, large, naturally formed lake in New Zealand
  • the deepest lake in the North Island
  • along with its environment, has been totally protected since the lake was created in 1886
  • an unspoilt, natural area
  • a Wild Life Refuge – all bird species are protected here


Visitor Options & Prices
Take a self-guided walk or hike around this amazing volcanic valley, join our popular lake boat cruise, or book one of three guided tours.
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