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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

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Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on this self-guided Waimangu hiking tour. Follow winding hiking trails through Waimangu — the world’s youngest geothermal system — and marvel at the scenery you find. Admire unique geothermal features including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana, and enjoy breathtaking views over hot springs and steam vents throughout the forest and grasslands. Along the way, gain insight into the geothermal activity from your guide sheet and watch for the native plant and animal life for which Waimangu is famous. Enjoy a much needed rest and take advantage of the shuttle bus to return you to the start at the end of your hike.
  • Independent hiking tour of Waimangu, Rotorua
  • Explore hiking trails through Waimangu at your own pace
  • Read your guide sheet for information on geothermal features including Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana
  • Watch hot springs and steam vents bubbling and spurting in the forests and grasslands
  • Gain insight into the region’s diverse plant and animal life
  • Shuttle bus service from hiking trail end
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Admission Fee for Self-Guided Walk
Guide Sheet
Internal Shuttle Bus
Air-conditioned vehicle
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Transport to/from attractions

Departure Point

587 Waimangu Road, Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand

Come into the Waimangu Visitor Center and see our reception staff

Departure Time

12:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Waimangu Volcanic Valley
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Definitely worth the visit Morning is best when the weather is cold A lot more visible steam rising Easy walk down and the benefit of getting the bus back up" See review


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Visit not to be missed
, Jun 2021
Definitely worth the visit Morning is best when the weather is cold A lot more visible steam rising Easy walk down and the benefit of getting the bus back up
New Zealands walk of Gems
, Jan 2021
The walk had lakes and pools that I never knew existed even though we spent a lot of time in Rotarua in the past. These hidden gems added to the spectacular views and with children with us we were worried they might not want to walk the full track. How wrong we were, they were amazed and they all enjoyed the day. Luckily we asked about the boat cruise because even though we booked the boat we were turned down when we arrived. When we got back from the walk on the bus I mentioned that the boat was running again and we were quickly put back on the bus and made the final cruise of the day. All up a great experience for the young and old in our group of six.
A wonderful afternoon
, Jul 2020
Wonderfully rich experience of flora, fauna and geothermal activity in a spectacular historic and dynamic landscape
The acidic lake
, Jan 2020
The tour was really interesting and spectacular. The walkway was well built, walkable even with a pram. The bird lake, in the end, is a magical surprise.
A must!
, Dec 2019
Definitely it was marvellous. The weather was perfect, the driver and the plane were perfect and it was so marvellous the views the pictures we took. A must !
A walk which is easily managed for...
Deborah P
, Oct 2017
A walk which is easily managed for the most part, while also providing some challenge for those who want it. To see, first hand, the effect of Nature at her destructive best/worst, on a physical landscape, cannot fail to leave the walker with a sense of absolute awe. Boat trip on lake worth doing!
A great way to spend half a day and...
, May 2016
A great way to spend half a day and experience so many sights and smells. We had perfect weather so the walk was very enjoyable.
Super balade plus tranquille que...
, Jan 2017
Super balade plus tranquille que Wai-o-tapu moins spectaculaire mais tout au si belle. Le retour en bus car ce n'est pas une boucle est vraiment appréciable.

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