Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waimangu

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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. Before you head to Waimangu, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Waimangu trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Waimangu has to offer, including Waimangu Volcanic Valley.
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  • July 31, 2017
    It is a place where you see geological activity closely. You take a walk of an hour and watch closely as springs water boiling Earth. Truly impressive power of nature, as all transforms it. It is a must do.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Great walk in the valley with beautiful spots to take pictures! Even have the option to do a cruise trip after the walk. Definitely worth less crowded than Wai O Tapu!  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    The walk was beautiful - we went about 5 miles round trip but others went further. Not difficult yet we did get good exercise. Views are unlike most scenic areas, due to the formations and other natur...  more »
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  • The Waimangu Volcanic Valley may be my favourite thing I did in New Zealand. Absolutely stunning variety of scenery, with geothermal phenomena around every corner. It really makes you stop and appreciate the baffling enormity of nature. We arrived early and had the place practically to ourselves for most of the day. I highly recommend making a day of your visit and doing the walk to the lake and back. It's so beautiful. We didn't end up using the buses, but we thought it was a great touch. It was really nice to know that if we ever got tired, we could just hop on a bus and get back to the entrance. Really great place. Highly recommended.
  • This park isn't as frequented as Wai tapu which makes it really enjoyable. It's not commercialized and you can walk the park without much crowds. The views are amazing and the hike is worth it. You see a lot of geothermal activity. Definitely recommend!
  • Nice walk. Very interesting history and great sites. Love the boat ride
  • An easy (mostly downhill) hike to see some really cool volcanic lakes. The stair climb up to the small, lower lake is definitely worth it. (Aaaamazing) Several spots to ride the bus back up to the visitor center.
  • Great place lots of geothermal activity and features. Great walk to the lake mostly down hill.

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