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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  • It is worth visiting the difference of scenario. The site is surrounded by woods, with volcanic water stream and hot water ponds to view is worth the visit despite being like WaiOTapu
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  • We visited this park recently and found it to be a very interesting morning walk to various stopping points along the way where our guide explained the origins of the thermal springs, the history of t...  more »
  • Geothermal Centre located about 20 minutes from Rotorua, it offers a much more rugged than the other sites as well as unique as the crater "inferno" things and unfortunately for us blue water part of the site was closed due to the flooding that affected the region and led to many landslides despite this site's worth clearly especially since it is rather well organized with the go who is walking and mostly downhill (except the part of trek) and the shuttle return
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  • Great spot. Good walk. Well kept. Boat trip very informative. Buses travel up and down regularly for those who tire of walking. Nice souvenir shop. Well worth a visit even on a dull day, much better in good weather.
  • Very rude staff. No where near helpful. Quite frankly disgusted that you would have to pay $37 just to go for a walk aswell especially if you are a kiwi born and bread in NZ!!! I was not the only person who felt this way as I was not the only one to walk away. But actually another 2 cars full of people walked away. Would not recommend.
  • great geothermal feature. easy 4km walk from visitor center to lake. can take bus on the way to visitor center
  • A great value (we didn't do the boat tour, just the walk and the hike) for a good half-day activity. Pace yourselves, bring some water, and take the time to do the hike - but beware there are LOTS of stairs! Not for those out of shape for sure. There is a shuttle bus included in price that brings to back to the start- we definitely needed it after walking 3 hours. Great gift shop at the beginning/end with a cafe. Went on an overcast Monday right at opening time and had much of the trails to ourselves- a real treat!
  • They say it's the world's youngest geothermal system, but I would like to add that it is also one of the most beatiful systems around. Located a good 30 minute drive from the city centre, this should be a must do for any itinerary, if you have 3 hours to spare. The shortest walking trail is of 90 minutes and you can take a bus back as well. The various sights include a Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and several mini geysers along the way. It is a very beautiful walk and a must do for all walking enthusiasts. Just take some sun screen on a clear day. We availed of a 10% discount which we found on "Arrival" Magazine and it was worth every penny. A lovely place to picnic facing Lake Rotomahana is also available at the end of the complete walking trail, which lasts about 3 hours.