Self Guided Walk & Hike

Explore the Valley in your own time - choose the highlights walk, or opt for the full walk. Something to cater to everyone’s fitness levels. Add the Mt Haszard hiking trail for the full experience.

Distance

1.5km minimum walk or 4km full walk to the lake edge. Complimentary shuttles between stops.

Duration

1 hour minimum. Easy, mainly downhill. Suitable for beginners and experienced walkers.

Price

From NZD 40.00

Overview

Enjoy views of mysterious and beautiful Inferno Crater which rises and falls as it heats and cools. See the delicate sinter terraces growing from minerals solidifying out of the hot spring water. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the World.  

Brilliantly coloured microbes cloak the hot rocks. Tiny springs and geysers play. Immerse yourself amongst the rare and unusual plants that grow on the hot earths of Waimangu, amongst the regenerating native forests. Our shuttle bus returns you from the end of your walk / hike back to the entrance. We open daily at 8:30am. 

 

Walk/Hike
Option

From - to

Distance

Duration

Difficulty/Other Info.HighlightsDeparture Info
Highlights WalkWaimangu Entrance
to Bus Stop 1
1.5km1 hourModerate downhill and flat. There are steps up to Inferno Crater.  Suitable for most levels of fitness.Panoramas over the valley, the Southern Crater, regenerating forest, Frying Pan Lake, Cathedral Rocks, rare plants, hot springs, Inferno Crater Lake, Silica Terraces and stalactitesLast admission: 15.30 for 17.00 close, except during January - 16.30 for 18.00 close
All the Hot SpringsWaimangu Entrance
to Bus Stop 2
3.2km1 hour
30 min
Downhill steps after Bus Stop 1, otherwise flat. Suitable for most levels of fitness.Panoramas over the valley, Southern Crater, Emerald Lake, regenerating forest, Frying Pan Lake, Cathedral Rocks, rare plants, hot springs, Inferno Crater Lake, silica terraces and stalactites. A large number of native birds can be seen on this walk. Last admission: 15.10 for 17.00 close, except during January - 16.10 for 18.00 close
Full walk to the Lake

Waimangu Entrance
to Bus Stop 3

4.0km

1 hour
45 min

Flat from Bus Stop 2. Suitable for most levels of fitness.The full 4km walk allows you to experience all Waimangu Volcanic Valley has to offer, including wonderful panoramas over the valley, Southern Crater, Emerald Lake, regenerating forest, Frying Pan Lake, Cathedral Rocks, rare plants, hot springs, Inferno Crater Lake, silica terraces and stalactites. There is excellent bird watching along this trail.Last admission: 14.50 for 17.00 close, except during January - 15.50 for 18.00 close 
HikingWaimangu Entrance
to Inferno Crater, then over Mt Haszard Hiking Trail. Rejoin main path down to Bus Stop 3
4.5km2 hours+ Good fitness required. Good walking/hiking shoes required.Not recommended for children, pushchairs or wheelchairs. Spectacular panoramic views of the valley, the surrounding region, Rainbow Mountain, Mt Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana are highlights of this hike.Recommended last admission: 14.30 for 17.00 close, except during January - 15.30 for 18.00 close

Features & Highlights

  • Panoramas over the valley
  • Rare plants
  • Emerald Lake
  • The Southern Crater
  • Hot springs
  • Native Birds
  • Regenerating forest
  • Inferno Crater Lake
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Frying Pan Lake
  • Silica Terraces
  • Mt Tarawera
  • Cathedral Rocks
  • Stalactites
  • Mt Haszard Hiking Trail

Would you like to experience the Self Guided Walk & Hike

We are located at 587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua, New Zealand.

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