Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

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Volcano · Hot Spring
The result of a volcanic eruption from 1886, Waimangu Volcanic Valley represents the world's youngest geothermal system. The area features several lakes, including Frying Pan Lake--considered the world's largest hot spring, as well as a geyser, craters, and springs. In addition to hiking and bird-watching, you can also take a boat trip on one of the lakes to see the former site of the largest silica sinter deposits in the world, known as the Pink and White Terraces. Use our Rotorua trip builder site to add Waimangu Volcanic Valley and other attractions to your Rotorua vacation plans.
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  • I found the experience very interesting and well run. To learn of the events that took place here well woth the visit.  more »
  • We were welcomed by very friendly staff including the manager who took the time to stop and chat with us which was much appreciated. We travelled by bus down to the lake and then went on the launch...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I enjoyed our visit to Waimangu. A very pleasant two-hour walk past some interesting geothermal features, followed by a relaxing 45-minute boat ride. It was half-price when we...  more »
  • Wow !! Is the factor multiplied by 10 !!! Money worth spend. About three to four hours walking and trekking. One nature's wonder after the next. Quite mesmerizing when a person see these wonders right in front of their own eyes. Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Bus rides are provide back to the entrance. A lake boat ride about 45 minutes can be included in the package or pay to the boatman 👍😊
  • I would highly recommend a visit. Take your time and take in the wonder of nature. Flora and fauna abound. Strange volcanic activity abounds at every corner, you could just imagine a large animal from the past walking across your path. A bus is provided at various stops to bring you back to reality, but you will have memories to share and enjoy.
  • One of the most incredible places I've ever been...out of this world, mind blowing, primordial. Like traveling back in time millions of years. Inferno Pool was 🤯. Did the hike on a rainy day, views weren't great, should have stuck to the main trail. On a sunny day hike views would be great. Absolutely wild park, really fun 👍👌
  • This valley is a beautiful place to go and visit. I've been three times now and I would still go back again. There is a lot of different volcanic features to see the walk along the valley is beautiful even without them. Well worth walking all the way down to the lake as it's very different down there. Suggest walking down and getting the bus back up to the visitors centre
  • This is a great place to learn how quickly volcanic activity can change the landscape. Some really spectacular photo spots along the hiking trail down through the craters, lakes and mineral deposits that have formed over time. The park entry fee was reasonable, and included a shuttle bus back to the visitors center. There are some steeper grades, but most of those are stairs and can be managed by anyone with moderate fitness. There are also bus stops part way down if anyone feels they can't finish the hike. Highly recommended.

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