Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

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Volcano · Geologic Formation
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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  • This walk was about 4km long up and down some hills and stairs. They have a guide that is very informative along the way that leads to a few stops. It is amazing to see the history behind Waimangu...  more »
  • Don't miss this beautiful thermal reserve with stunning geysers and boiling blue lakes that are out of this world. The landscape has regenerated since the destruction of the Pink and White Terraces...  more »
  • This place is amazing, incredibly unique. There is so much to see and it does take a while to walk around everywhere so definitely allow plenty of time, minimum 2 hours, and wear suitable footwear  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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