Waimangu have made a commitment to look after this unique and special part of New Zealand.
Waimangu and Rotomahana are the only examples of a New Zealand native forest that is naturally regenerating from complete devastation. Because we can pin-point its creation to an exact time and event, it has been possible to exactly measure and record the re-establishment of the new Waimangu ecosystem since its birth.
The diverse environment at Waimangu supports a huge array of life. Native plants flourish here attracting both native and introduced wildlife.
Due to this worldwide significance, the whole lake and valley is protected from development or change brought by man, since its genesis at 05.30am on 10 June 1886.
Our Sustainability Commitment
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is proud to be a supporter of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) New Zealand Sustainability Commitment, a founding member of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter and to adhere to the Qualmark assessment system to ensure the quality, safety and susatainability of New Zealand Tourism businesses. As a concession holder operating on crown land, we also have a close relationship with the Department of Conservation (DoC) with the joint aim of looking after this special piece of the world.
- Patiti Island – we are working with the Department of Conservation on the environmental restoration of Patiti Island on Lake Rotomahana. Our goal is to provide a safe island haven for endangered New Zealand birds and insects.
- Predator Control – New Zealand evolved with no land mammals, a safe haven for its native birdlife. Since the human introduction of predators such as rats and possums, our wildlife has been threatened. Waimangu has been involved in the control of these introduced predators since 2000, an essential part of our commitment to look after this unique native environment to share with our guests.
- Solar Power – In 2018, we installed solar panels at the visitor centre. These panels power the water we use in the café and help us reduce our carbon footprint.
- Recycling – We have introduced recycle centres throughout the valley and actively encourage our guests to help us reduce waste going into landfill.