Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

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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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  • We had the most wonderful day here - two adults and two kids (8 & 11) and we loved this outing. We bought the walk and boat option and it was worth every cent. Highly recommend the deal on Book.me... 
    We had the most wonderful day here - two adults and two kids (8 & 11) and we loved this outing. We bought the walk and boat option and it was worth every cent. Highly recommend the deal on Book.me...  more »
  • Stare with wonder at these awesome craters and pools as you journey through the Volcanic Valley! It has the hottest spring in NZ, Frying Pan Lake! 
    Stare with wonder at these awesome craters and pools as you journey through the Volcanic Valley! It has the hottest spring in NZ, Frying Pan Lake!  more »
  • The first part of the trail is good! It's an easy walk. Do take the boat ride as it will definitely be a good finish for the walk. 
    The first part of the trail is good! It's an easy walk. Do take the boat ride as it will definitely be a good finish for the walk.  more »
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  • Wonderful place for a walk through one of the most recent volcanically active regions. The beautiful landscape changes every couple of paces. We booked the self guided walk followed by the boat cruise. We can certainly recommend this combination. From the boat you'll get yet another view of this astonishing landscape. The skipper provides just enough interesting information to keep you entertained.
  • Pretty spectacular self guided walk with stories of the 1886 eruption. Options to take the bus for all or part. Very good value off peak deals. Optional boat journey was pleasant and the skipper very friendly and full of interesting information
  • Excellent experience. Great tracks, well maintained and the bus ride back was perfect. We had 2 kids in prams and it was still very easy.
  • We were a bit put off by the price initially as it is a natural phenomenon rather than something created. However, I have never seen anything like this and neither had my wife, we both really enjoyed the well maintained walk, the steaming lakes and hot earth. The information and guide provided and the bus drivers are very informative. The lift back up the hill was appreciated.
  • I went back in January 2020 - before the world went into a standstill and COVID was an issue. By far the most magical experience I have ever had - was very warm and fascinating to learn more about certain bodies of water, why it is such a beautiful blue lake! If you ever want to see out of the world visuals this is a place I will recommend.

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