New Zealand

Waimangu Volcanic Valley


Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience during your visit to Rotorua if you are looking for an exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours that include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features.

  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the only geothermal system in the world wholly created as the direct result of a volcanic eruption - the Tarawera Eruption of 10 June 1886.
  • It is the only geothermal system in New Zealand where all the surface features are contained within a single geological structure, the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.
  • It is the only geothermal system in New Zealand that has not been altered or exploited by man and which is totally protected by law.
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the site of the world's largest recorded geyser, Waimangu Geyser, which played regularly between 1901 and 1904.
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the home of Inferno Crater, the world's largest Crypto Geyser (geyser-like feature) and Frying Pan Lake, the world's largest Hot Water Spring in terms of surface area.

View Waimangu's amazing geothermal features as you follow our walks and hikes, ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours, along crater walkways. Finish with a boat cruise on beautiful Lake Rotomahana.  And if after all that walking and sightseeing you are feeling weary, our courtesy Shuttle Bus runs through the valley regularly and will return you to our Visitor Centre.

Location - Just 20 minutes south of Rotorua, and 40 minutes north of Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park with its Lake Rotomahana is a protected Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Refuge set in pristine New Zealand bush.

Opening hours

  • Open daily from 08.30. Valley closes at 17.00 (18.00 January)
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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