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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  • Had a wonderful time wandering through the valley. Is so worth a look if you are in the area!! Would have liked to have done the boat trip as well but ran out of time, will be back for sure!!  more »
  • I had limited time to spend in Rotorua and had to pick only one out of the many geothermal parks in the area. After contemplating decided to go ahead with Waimangu Volcanic Valley and I was not disapp...  more »
  • Hidden gem which we found out about thanks to Tripadvisor. My husband and I did the 4km hike down to the lake then took the shuttle bus back. Would recommend going there first thing in the morning whe...  more »
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  • Great location, fascinating and fairly easy main walk. There is a scenic walk off the main route, but for the effort it takes you don't gain much in views. I did not take part in the boat tour, so my review excludes that. Check bookme.co.nz before booking any tourist attraction in the Bay of Plenty region, you can get up to 50% off most of the attractions.
  • Waimangu is an amazing place to visit. Family and I have been twice now. First time we walked the Mount Hazard way, 2nd time we were advised go take the normal track due to the weather. Either track is amazing & you will experience a different vistas with each walk. Waimangu is affordable and great for a family outing. Wear suitable walking shoes, take a picnic & your camera. You can either walk down the lake & back or walk down & bus back (bus ride is included in the entry fee).
  • A fantastic walk between a multitude of different geothermal features. We got there a little late in the day and so had to keep moving to ensure we reached the end of the trail before the last bus left. If you we went again we would go earlier in the day and spend more time enjoying the sights.
  • Trully beautiful walk! Very well organized with a system of buses that allows you not to walk the same path twice. The main walk takes about to two hours and if you want to to the hiking parts, plan about 4 hours. Very quiet and peaceful in winter.
  • 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.

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