Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

Discover how the world began at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the Youngest Geothermal System in the World.  

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is located 20 minutes south of the Rotorua township, or 45 minutes north of Taupo, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Waimangu - Easy Walking

Waimangu offers a range of self-guided walks through the craters of a majestic valley born from the might of a volcanic eruption in 1886. As you stroll through the unique environment that is the Waimangu Volcanic Valley today, a wide variety of spectacular volcanic activity, thermal plants and bird-life will unfold before your eyes.

A number of easy walks are available, each following a predominantly downhill path.  If you crave more excitement the optional Mt Haszard hike demands a higher degree of fitness and will take you up above the valley floor to a panoramic view of the surrounding environment.  At the end of your walk you can choose to take our courtesy shuttle bus back up the valley to the Waimangu Visitor Centre at the valley entrance.

  • Children: 6-16yrs. Under 6 Free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Open 8:30am every day. Last admission 3:00pm (4:00pm in January)
  • Allow 1 hour for the shortest walks and up to 2 hours (2 & 1/2 hours if you include Mt Haszard) for the full walk.
  • Departure times: Waimangu Volcanic Valley is open from 8.30am every morning, you can begin you self-guided walk anytime between 8.30am and 3.00pm

Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise

Within the Waimangu Valley lies beautiful Lake Rotomahana, the newest of all New Zealand’s larger, naturally formed, lakes.   Lake Rotomahana has its own separate geothermal system with vibrant activity along its south west shoreline that is just waiting to be discovered. This vigorous display of geothermal springs and geysers can only be viewed from Waimangu’s vessel. 

During your cruise a live English language commentary from your captain will introduce you to the lake and its turbulent history. Now a wildlife refuge where large numbers of birds live all year round, the lake and surrounding land are protected from development, ensuring it will always remain one of New Zealand’s beautiful, unspoilt, natural wilderness areas.

Waimangu Volcanic has eliminated animal pests from Patiti Island in the centre of Lake Rotomahana. The Island provides a safe refuge for local forest and lake birds, leading to an increase in the bird population in Waimangu Valley and around the Lake.

The Boat Cruise can be enjoyed as a safe, tranquil and easy adventure, by itself or combined with the Valley walk.

  • Children: 6-16yrs. Under 6 Free. Children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult.
  • There are six cruises a day:
    Check in times for the Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise only 9.45am, 10.45am, 12.40pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.00pm.
    Check in times for the Self-guided walk and Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise Combo 8.30am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm

Waimangu Prices

As at 01 March 2019 (Subject to change at any time without notice). All prices are in New Zealand Dollars and include Goods & Services Tax

  • Waimangu Easy Walking - Adult NZ$42.00, Child (6-16 years) NZ$14.00, Infant (5 years & under) Free
  • Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise - Adult NZ$45.00, Child (6-16 years) NZ$14.00, Infant (5 years & under) Free
  • Walk and Boat Cruise Combination - Adult NZ$85.00, Child (6-16 years) NZ$28.00, Infant (5 years & under) Free

On Site Services

Our on-site services include ample parking for all vehicles, easily understood interpretation guides in a wide variety of languages, full café food and drink service, an excellent range of New Zealand made gifts, modern bathrooms and an internal shuttle bus which returns you from the end of your walk and boat cruise to the Waimangu Visitor Centre at the valley entrance.

Waimangu History

In 1886, Mount Tarawera in Rotorua erupted, and destroyed the surrounding area. The massive eruption opened the earth along a 17km line, splitting Mount Tarawera in two, exploding Lake Rotomahana to 20 times its original size, and forming the seven craters that today make up the Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Today Waimangu is appreciated by discerning travellers from New Zealand and abroad, not only as a uniquely natural thermal area but also as a protected Scenic Reserve and Wild Life Refuge.  As visitors walk through Waimangu Volcanic Valley’s craters and take the boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana they will view amazing geothermal activity and very important botany.  Internationally significant features include the world's largest hot water spring, sinter terraces and the unique inter-relationship between two huge hot springs simmering in Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake.   In addition, several endangered plants exist beside the geothermal activity together with a host of thermally adapted plants.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua Enquiry Form


587 Waimangu Road

Phone: +64 7 366 6137

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