Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waimangu

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 Waimangu trip builder site to add Waimangu Volcanic Valley and other attractions to your Waimangu vacation plans.
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  • The Valley is the result of an eruption in 1886. In geological terms is a recent time, and in this way it is possible to view nature recomposing, flora and fauna. The landscapes are beautiful. A 1 hour trail takes you into the Valley, and a bus will take you back to the visitor center.
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  • This is more then just a couple of hot bubbling pools. It is way more exciting if you look at the greater picture. If you just want to see some interesting colors or geysers or mud bubbling it is poss...  more »
  • This is an excellent walk mostly downhill. The geothermal activities, the small lakes, craters, cold and boiling water pools, etc.. are, for lack of a better word: Beautiful You can purchase combo tic...  more »
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  • Amazing volcanic valley. Particularly interesting after visiting the buried village and hearing about the formation of the whole area. Fabulous hot waterfall and frying pan lake was a visual wonder. It's worth noting that the park requires considerable walking (about 4klms) and that includes steep hills. It was not suitable for people with mobility issues. There are good pathways and a shuttle bus but to see things, you still need to be able to walk around. Very worthy of the visit. Keep an eye out for discount vouchers in some of the tourist information.
  • Charming park which is good fun for a group of varying fitness or families with children. Bubbling waters, steam vents line the walking route. The whole walk, minus the detour up Mt. Haszard, is about 5 km. There are plenty of photo-opportunities and benches if you need a breather or just to relax. Thoughtful bus service that loops back just under once an hour. If you want to add - on a lake tour on a boat you can do that too when you get to the pier. If you're an avid walker looking for something challenging then this might not be what you're looking for. We just came off the Northern Circuit tramp and found this a nice activity for the morning. Takes about 1.5hrs if you stop to take photos and admire the geothermal activity.
  • Everyone should definitely visit this place. Absolutely stunning! Bring comfortable shoes - I've seen so many people with heels/sandals then complain about the walk...
  • We had a great time in Waimangu. The hike is mostly downhill, with a shuttle bus taking you back up to the entrance at the end. I recommend taking the longer route up the mountain for even better lookouts. Great geothermal phenomena up close and personal.
  • Beautiful landscape. take your time and walk the two hours from top to the lakw,.a shuttle bus will bring you back. inferno lake is gorgeous, but color and fill level changes over the weeks. the frying pans are unbelievable, the rest is a very enjoyable nature walk.

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