Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waimangu

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  • We've visited this place every time we've visited from the UK as being interested in physical geography we've always found it fascinating. This was our fourth visit and again thoroughly enjoyed it. Th...  more »
  • My family and I had a wonderful afternoon at the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. We arrived at about 3pm and had the place almost to ourselves, as I imagine it's less busy in the afternoon. The whole a...  more »
  • If you have been to Yellowstone you might be disappointed but this Valley is still interesting. We took the boat ride and, while there are some geothermal features around the lake and the history is g...  more »
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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.