Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking And Hiking At Waimangu - Rotorua

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  • Duration: 1 Day
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  • Departure Time :
    12:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore New Zealands geothermal landscapes at your own pace on this independent Waimangu hiking tour. Follow rugged hiking trails through the Waimangu region, and take in top natural attractions like Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake, and Lake Rotomahana. Trek past the unique craters and steaming geysers, and capture the spectacular scenery on camera. At the end of your hike, return to your starting point via the shuttle bus.


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  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
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Aftercheck-in at reception, enter the volcanic valley between 8:30am and 3pm to begin your self-guided 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) walking tour.

Follow winding footpaths through the geothermal landscape and admire panoramic views over natural attractions including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake, Lake Rotomahana, and the other volcanic craters which make up Waimangu.

Discover sweeping geothermal terraces, hot springs, and steam vents all set amongst a beautiful native forest and grassland, and enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of the New Zealand wilderness. Along the way, keep watch for sightings of native wildlife unique to this geothermal terrain.

On arrival at the end of the hike at Lake Rotomahana return to the reception area by complimentary shuttle bus to bring your independent tour to a close.


Admission Fee for Self-Guided Walk

Guide Sheet

Internal Shuttle Bus

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Waimangu Volcanic Valley


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks (available to purchase)

Transport to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required. Passenger must provide their own carer.

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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  • 31-Oct-2022

    We did the walk and then the boat ride. The walk was interesting as you got to see lots of volcanic activity. While the full walk is 4kms it is mostly down hill, so relatively easy. It was raining when we did the boat ride, so views were not that great. I would recommend doing the walk at $44, however, I don't think the boat ride at another $45 is worth it.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    We did the $44 self guided walk, what an incredible experience it was! Well worth the visit, loads of cool natural features and the whole experience felt like being in Jurassic Park. A lovely afternoon out in nature. The literature we got was also informative and interesting.

  • 30-Oct-2022

    A stunning day out, a must-see if you visit Rotorua. Arrive early and take your time to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Make sure you bring sufficient water & snacks as it gets hot on a lovely sunny day. Also, you need to wear suitable footwear as your walk on loose gravel footpaths. We took the full experience option which was the 45-minute boat trip once you get to the lake. The Captain gives an informative commentary as you proceed. There are toilets en route and inclusive tour buses that run often for those that require them.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    A fantastic place to go. I did Wai-o-Tapu and Waimangu on the same day, and in my opinion Waimangu takes the win by far. The sights along the valley are simply breathtaking and I could just spend hours looking at the craters and pools (especially the Emerald lake). It helped that the weather was perfect. The landscapes there are fabulous, the trail is very easy to walk and you have options for more difficult hikes if you want. A must do (and pray that the weather is good!)

  • 27-Oct-2022

    This is an absolutely stunning place! Found ourselves here as the venue we wanted to visit on this articulate day was closed. Did the self guided walk and the boat trip at the end. This is a linear walk with varying distances - we did the longest at 4.5km/c3 miles. The geology/scenery is stunning from start to finish & it’s easy to feel as if you’ve been transported to another word. The boat trip on the lake is well worth doing. There’s a shuttle bus which runs at regular intervals & has three stops; one at the end of each section of the walk making this activity suitable for all, irrespective of stamina levels, although of the first walk there are some level changes, most shoes rather than steps.

  • 12-Oct-2022

    Of all the geyseric steamy attractions in Rotorua, the Waimangu package was recommended as "the best out've them all!". So, we heeded. We had. We enjoyed 👌 My son and I completed the self-guided walk without getting lost, and although we weren't dressed in reputable hiking gear like others, we survived! There was a great balance of upward paths, downward paths, bridged paths and zigzag paths, and continuous scenic ohhs, ahhs and photo-click opportunities. Due to our less than ideal fitness levels, we didn't dilly dally - however, the kind service-desk women knew their stuff, because we finished the 4km walk with still enough time to sit, rest and take in the surroundings of the lake edge before the boat rolled in (as they said).. Yes, there's a boat. We popped onto a well-traveled vessel and ventured across Laka Rotomahana. In the round-trip, we heard local history, got close up to the Tarawera crater and were wowwed with an array of spurting gushes and steaming trails along the mountain baselines --- and then it was over! Too soon, but long enough. Overall, this was a special way to spend 3 hours together in nature's wonderment.

  • 11-Oct-2022

    Waimangu was an amazing experience to see all of the volcanic activity thats happening right now and reading about the history. Would definitely recommend this walk for anyone

  • 17-Aug-2022

    A lovely walk through native bush which in itself is very attractive with some nice hillsides of ferns etc. On top of this is the geothermal features throughout which make this walk as great as it is. We booked the boat ride and so had between an hour and a half to two hours for the walk but would recommend the full two hours if you would like to take your time. If you have to wait for the boat or bus at the end you can have a picnic until it arrives! The bus stops at three points and there were people with toddlers who must have got the bus straight to the end just to do the boat ride. We got the boat ride as well which costs extra but the skipper was a very good guide and takes you towards Mt Tarawera and then some places of interest on the way back (the old site of pink and white terraces etc) The staff at cafe were very helpful, I would recommend doing this one if you like bush walks and are interested in seeing some of the geothermal activity the area has to offer.

  • 08-Aug-2022

    One of our favourite activities so far. Very quiet out of season. Excellent cafe, very friendly staff and a beautiful and tranquil walk down through the valley. Lots of interesting geothermal activity and wildlife/nature to see. Discreetly but well signposted. Then there is the option of a bud back to the visitor centre/cafe (included). Get out of town and enjoy this place.

  • 30-Jul-2022

    We both really enjoyed this walk through the valley, having the info on the map given to us was very helpful, lots of history there. there is something fascinating about the geothermal stuff and what it does. The boat trip was well worth while at the end of the walk and the skipper was great with telling us the history of the place. We were pleased we decided to do this

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