Useful itinerary information for agents.
Waimangu connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy. Home to the now hidden Pink and White Terraces, the eighth natural wonder of the world, visitors are immersed in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption, its people, and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created the world’s youngest geothermal valley.
We offer options suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Explore the valley at your own pace, or take a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable guides. Cruise Lake Rotomahana or combine the walk and boat cruise for a half day experience.
Easy walks of varying lengths and duration along crater walkways, mainly downhill and flat, with an optional hike on the Mt Hazsard hiking Trail (uphill bush trail). Free shuttle bus to return to entrance.
Allow min 1 hour for higlights walk (1.5km), or 1.5hours for full walk to lake (4km)
Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise
A 45-minute cruise around beautiful lake Rotomahana, viewing geothermal sights around the edge of the lake that can only be seen from the vessel.
45 minute cruise with full commentary. Allow 1.5 hours.
Walk & Cruise Combo
Easy walks of varying lengths and duration along crater walkways, mainly downhill and flat, with an optional hike on the Mt Hazsard hiking Trail (uphill bush trail), followed by a 45 minute cruise on Lake Rotomahana
Allow 3.5 hours for walk and boat cruise.
Guided Tours at Waimangu
Explore this pristine piece of nature with one of our amazing guides, Full of knowledge, the guides are available to be pre-booked to host any of your visitors. Covering geothermal features, native plants and birdlife, and Maori cultural history of the area your guests will love being hosted and guided. Available for anyone from individuals up to larger groups. Waimangu guided service is a real value add to any booking. From 1.5 hours to half and full day we have you covered.
Picnic Lunches & Catering
With a full-service kitchen and café facilities Waimangu is well placed to provide your visitors with all manner of excellent dining options. For tour groups, we have gourmet picnics (for pick up or delivery down into the valley), buffer and plated lunch options and morning and afternoon tea offerings as well. Fully Licenced.
Waimangu is open daily 8.30am to 5pm.
Last Admission Time
|Allow min 1 hour for highlights walk||15:30pm (Highlights walk)|
|Boat Cruise||Allow 1.5 hours||15:00pm (15:40 boat departure)|
|Walk & Boat Cruise||Allow at least 3.5 hours||14:00pm|
***Extended opening hours in January – We stay open until 6pm January. Last admission times for each product are also one hour later.
Getting here - Self-Drive
Situated on New Zealand’s North Island, the protected Scenic Reserve of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana is found off State Highway 5 (the main Rotorua-Taupo highway), 20 minutes south of Rotorua or 45 minutes north of Taupo. Getting here
For transport shuttles to Waimangu Volcanic Valley:
What to Wear & Bring
Flat walking shoes, camera, comfortable clothing, rain or sun protection as necessary, baby pushchair (with sturdy wheels) if needed. Take water with you.
For hiking, good walking shoes with treaded soles are necessary.
We have visitor guide sheets for the walk/hike and Lake Rotomahana boat cruise printed in the following languages:
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, Slav, Hindi, Portuguese, Chinese
We also have Basic Fact Sheets printed in the following languages:
Czech, Swedish, Hungarian
Please contact us to make arrangements for wheelchair access. We will help you access the safe, flat areas of the walking track where you will see many (but not all) of the geothermal features.
Wheelchairs must be lightweight and able to fold up to access the shuttle buses and the Lake Rotomahana boat. For safety reasons, we cannot provide access to motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
Our shuttle buses do not have wheelchair lifts. You must be able to transfer from your wheelchair up steps onto the shuttle bus. To board the boat, you must be able to climb up several steps and step across an open space, above the water, between the boat and the jetty.
Wheelchair users must always be accompanied by at least one experienced wheelchair handler during the visit.