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  • Address: Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

When the North Island of New Zealand’s Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886, it forever changed the Rotorua landscape into a valley of steaming wonder. This is a mystical land where lakes boil and mountains are bathed in steam, and walking past pools of bubbling mud is just another daily occurrence for visitors here. Of all the places in Rotorua to encounter this geothermal wonder, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley area offers one of the largest zones for exploring.

This site has an enormous hot spring, which is believed to be the largest in the world. Take an easy 45-minute stroll past geysers, fumaroles and fissures to learn how this exceptionally “young” landscape is literally changing by the day. Avid hikers can split off on the Mt Hazard trail to get better views of the valley and gaze down on the multi-hued lakes, radiant in turquoise and greens. One such lake provides one of the best activities in the valley—taking a cruise on Lake Rotomohana. This naturally formed lake covers 15 separate craters and is a haven for endangered birds. It grew 20 times as large once the Tarawera eruption was completed and serves as the perfect geothermal site in Rotorua. The surrounding beauty of the native bushland just adds to the outdoor experience.

Practical Info

The Waimangu Volcanic Valley sits just 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua.

Tours & Tickets

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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.57

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.50

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Waimangu is the youngest geothermal system in the World, wholly formed on 10 June 1886 by a huge volcanic eruption. Learn the story of how this incredible ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.47

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Fly high over breathtaking volcanic landscapes on an unforgettable 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. See New Zealand's world-famous volcanic scenery as ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $148.00

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