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 were booked to go to White Island, but after the eruption we decided to visit Waimangu and we weren't disappointed. It was fascinating and very educational. We started walking in lush, but new...  more »
  • Having seen a few geothermally active places, including nearby Orakei, the charm of Waimangu is not so much in any single “wow” feature. Sure, the inferno crater was spectacular but what I liked most....  more »
  • We had a great walk down to the lake with the kids. They loved looking at all the steam and reading the history of the area. They also spent a lot of time throwing stones into the water and feeling...  more »
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  • One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! My jaw kept dropping the more we walked deeper in the park. Out of this world, literally felt as if I was on another planet.
  • Very nice walk (go for 1,5h one) with beautiful landscapes, streams and birds. It's an easy trail for with few places to rest and enjoy the scenery 😊
  • Highly recommended. The walk down the valley to the lake was beautiful and fascinating. So much to look at that we had to rush at the end to catch the boat. I wouldn’t bother with the boat but for the fact that you get to see a geyser.
  • The walkways take you downhill while painting an evocative history of the dramatic changes since the 1886 earthquake. Pools of different colours and sizes, some steaming, others cool, appear around corners and through the vegetation. The planting is sensitive and attractive, adding another layer of interest. Make it down to the final lake and its black swans. A bus takes you back uphill. 3pm is last entry.
  • Amazing watching live volcano . Beautifully naturally originated lake. Good ferry service ,bus service. But too longer time to navigate as there is new roundabout.
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