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Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Explore the raw beauty of the world's youngest geothermal site on a self-guided, ecology-focused adventure among the craters of the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views over crater lakes, silica terraces and the volcanic valley
  • Spectacular natural colours
  • Home to Frying Pan Lake - one of the world's largest hot water springs
  • Rare and unusual plant life in the regenerating native forest
  • Learn the history of the world's youngest geothermal valley

Explore the raw beauty of the world's youngest geothermal site on a self-guided, ecology-focused adventure among the craters of the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

This exciting geothermal attraction has a very unique ecology with rare botany and plenty of fascinating geothermal features to explore.

See the Hypnotic steam rising from the Echo Crater, marvel at the stunning Frying Pan Lake (the world's largest hot water spring), and take in the beauty and dazzling blue of the Inferno Crater hot lake. The newly forming silica terraces are also a highlight not to be missed.

Waimagu Volcanic Valley is a protected scenic reserve and includes the beautiful Lake Rotomahana. The entire valley is shrouded in pristine native forest providing sanctuary for a wide variety of New Zealand birdlife.

At any stage during your walk, you can jump on board a courtesy shuttle which regularly circles the valley back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre.

There are a range of walking options for all abilities and ambitions including:

Easy Walking

A range of easy, mainly downhill walkways through pristine native bush, teeming with spectacular birdlife and geothermal highlights. Encounter hot pools, steaming volcanic craters, newly forming silica terraces, rare geothermal plants and the multi-coloured rocks of this mysterious and beautiful valley.

Mt Haszard Hiking Trail

If your looking for a bit more of an expedition opt for an invigorating hike along the Mt Haszard Hiking Trail taking you high above the valley floor with superb panoramic views of the unique landscape.

Beginning at the inferno crater the Mt Haszard trail follows parts of the original Waimangu walking route from the early 1900's when visitors came to view the Waimangu Geyser erupting.

Note: Suitable footwear and a degree of fitness is required for the Mt Haszard Trail, which is steep and rough in places and isn't suitable for children, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes South of Rotorua or 40 minutes North of Taupo.


IMPORTANT: Waimangu Volcanic Valley allows a 30 minute grace period after the discounted booking time (please note opening time each morning is 8.30am and last entry is at 3.30pm). Outside of this grace period you will have to pay the difference in rate to enter. Cancellations within 24 hours non-refundable. Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Adult $42.00
Child $14.00 (6-16 years)

What's included

  • Walking trails between 1.5km and 4km
  • Complimentary shuttle bus between stops

Location

  • 587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua, New Zealand. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes South of Rotorua or 40 minutes North of Taupo.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • FREE entry for children under 6 years.

Available Bookings from July 08 to July 14

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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4.7

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Anthony from Australia wrote on 03 September 2019

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Great walk.

Self guided information map provided an insightful and self paced experience that covered all aspects of the history and geology of the valley. The walk being entirely down hill and then the addition of the shuttle bus back to the top of the walk made the 2 hour journey very easy.

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thank you Anthony for taking your time to post your review and 5-Star Rating, its always great to get positive feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and found the information insightful. Safe travels!

Chloe Wragg from Cook Islands wrote on 04 July 2019

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Absolutely beautiful

We went in the rain and even then it was still absolutely beautiful. The treks are well done up so that it’s suitable for all weathers. We were recommended to not go up to see the craters because it was raining and the views would be not too visible. But even then, the rest of the stops were just as amazing. My sister and I enjoyed it and the Inferno Crater was unbelievable!

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thank you Chloe for taking the time to post your review. We are rapt you and your sister enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy the rest travels here in New Zealand.

Todd from United States wrote on 18 May 2019

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Excellent customer service, fascinating experience

After making a booking mistake, the manager and front desk staff at Waimangu really went above & beyond in accommodating us and my confusion. I have rarely experienced this kind of sympathy and patience at any business, period. We are very grateful for their assistance. The Valley is also a beautiful place to see, especially the first half. My only qualm is that the uphill walk, which was tecommended, is not worth the trouble. The viewpoints were largely overgrown and there wasn't a wholerecommended, aside from that, wonderful experience. Thank you!

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Pauline from New Zealand wrote on 30 August 2019

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A lost paradise

Its a lovely and relaxing place to go, so pretty and interesting, The bus trip back is a really good idea too

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thank you Pauline for taking the time to post your lovely review and 5 star rating, we're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Hopefully we will see you here again in the future.

Lucia from New Zealand wrote on 11 July 2019

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Amazing

We went on a cloudy day, it was empty so we had to park for ourselves. It was amazing, my favourite one so far, it looked/felt much more natural than the other park we've done.

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From Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walk

Thank you Lucia for your positive review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and loved the untouched, natural feel of the valley. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you back here in the future.

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