Waimangu Volcanic Valley Tours

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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.

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The Waimangu Volcanic Valley sits just 20 minutes from downtown Rotorua.
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Address: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

With spectacular natural beauty and rich traditional culture, New Zealand’s North Island features on many travellers’ must-visit lists. On this flexible tour, delve into the volcanic Waimangu Valley with your guide, and choose from a diverse range of adventures including Huka Falls, geothermal Wai-O-Tapu, or the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. With round-trip travel from central Rotorua included, see the best of New Zealand’s Rotorua region in one day.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 9 hrs
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USD57.02
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 9 hrs
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Tour Wai-O-Tapu with a naturalist guide and discover the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua’s most popular geothermal park. This full-day tour with a small group delivers you to the shores of several volcanic lakes and includes a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout. Learn about Maori history, volcanology and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way. Numbers are limited to a maximum 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD205.15
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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USD107.79
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt Tarawera on 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewareewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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USD170.38
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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