Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Currently Open [Closes at 03:45 pm]
  • Address: 587 Waimangu Road off SH5 (main Rotorua – Taupo highway), Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 03:45 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-73666137
  • Ticket Price: 36 NZD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Observatory, Family And Kids, Valley, Bird Watching

About Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

A must see attraction when visiting Rotorua, the Waimangu Voclacanic Valley is said to be the youngest geothermal system. Many highly rated and internationally acclaimed geothermal features such as the Inferno Crater Lake and the rather appropriately named Frying Pan Lake dot the valley. There are various trails for you to explore, with a free guide to inform you about the particular structures and its history. The walk it self is rather surreal, with picturesque surroundings and exotic bird life.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Ticket Prices

  • Children 6-16 years - $12; Children under 6 - Free.
  • These prices are for the walk only. A cruise on the Lake Rotomahana will incur additional charges.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Opening and Closing Hours

  • The Valley is open till 4:40 PM in summer months.

How To reach Waimangu Volcanic Valley by Public Transport

  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley tour offers the option to pick you up from Rotorua, alternately you can also drive there.

Restaurants Near Waimangu Volcanic Valley

  • Cafe Nature, situated at the entrance of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, offers a selection of hot and cold snacks, soups and drinks.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley

  • 95% of people who visit Rotorua include Waimangu Volcanic Valley in their plan

  • 53.6% of people start their Waimangu Volcanic Valley visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.76% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley

People normally club together Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland and Tamaki Maori Village while planning their visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua Reviews

  • Plan to spend most of your day here because there is so much to see. If you want to see real volcanic activity in New Zealand, take a tour through here. There are several tour options ranging from boat tours, walking tours to combinations of the two. We did the walking tour and it was awesome. It took us about 4.5 hours to do the whole park, including the side hikes. There are even side hikes you can do that are actually fairly challenging, but doable for most people. I recommend doing them though because the side hikes are worth it. There is even a section of the valley that includes a lake that doubles as a bird sanctuary.

  • Amazing volcanic valley. Particularly interesting after visiting the buried village and hearing about the formation of the whole area. Fabulous hot waterfall and frying pan lake was a visual wonder. It's worth noting that the park requires considerable walking (about 4klms) and that includes steep hills. It was not suitable for people with mobility issues. There are good pathways and a shuttle bus but to see things, you still need to be able to walk around. Very worthy of the visit. Keep an eye out for discount vouchers in some of the tourist information.

  • An amazing experience- spent 6 hours touring. We hiked 4 hours and did the boat cruise for 2 hours. Both were spectacular, it’s definite ‘how the world began’.

  • Beautiful naturer. Only negative is some of there view point they have maked. Is overgrown. So you can only see plants and not what you are supposed to see.

  • Charming park which is good fun for a group of varying fitness or families with children. Bubbling waters, steam vents line the walking route. The whole walk, minus the detour up Mt. Haszard, is about 5 km. There are plenty of photo-opportunities and benches if you need a breather or just to relax. Thoughtful bus service that loops back just under once an hour. If you want to add - on a lake tour on a boat you can do that too when you get to the pier. If you're an avid walker looking for something challenging then this might not be what you're looking for. We just came off the Northern Circuit tramp and found this a nice activity for the morning. Takes about 1.5hrs if you stop to take photos and admire the geothermal activity.

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