Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley featuring a hot spring

Shaped by the force of nature less than 150 years ago, this picturesque valley is rich in geothermic activity, rare plant life and challenging walking trails.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is one of the Rotorua area’s most popular natural attractions and also among its youngest. Formed following the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, the valley is comprised of a series of crater lakes, hot springs and untouched natural landscapes, with Lake Rotomahana at its centre. The valley can be seen by boat or explored using the network of hiking trails that traverse the protected reserve and wildlife refuge. Take a guided tour of the valley to learn about its delicate ecosystems or venture out on a self-guided hike to experience the serenity offered by the New Zealand bush.

A short drive from the city of Rotorua, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley can offer a short morning walk or an entire day’s exploration. Sign up for a guided tour with an operator in Rotorua for a complete experience. Following your arrival by shuttle bus, walk through the unique environment, naturally created just over a century ago, to reach Lake Rotomahana. Board a charter boat to see the towering Mount Tarawera from the water and to learn about the Pink and White Terraces that were destroyed during the eruption. Recent scientific evidence suggests the terraces may remain intact at the bottom of the lake.

Visit Frying Pan Lake, one of the world’s largest natural hot springs. It’s beautiful to see but too hot for swimming, with average temperatures of 55 C (131 F). Stand within 100 metres (330 feet) to feel its heat radiating against your skin. Continue exploring to find three crater lakes heated by geothermal activity.

Embark on a bushwalk to discover the area’s flora and fauna. Follow the challenging Mount Haszard Hiking Trail from the Inferno Crater for panoramic views across the valley. If you’re feeling less adventurous, walk the short distance to Echo Crater where you will see rare thermal plants and local bird species.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is located about 20 minutes by car from Rotorua. Tour operators can transport you to the valley by shuttle bus. Parking is available on site. Pay an admission fee to enter the reserve.

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237 Cheap Hotels Near Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Off Grid  Sheperd's Hut
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
65 Brett Rd, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this historic cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Rerewhakaaitu, Mount Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Awesome place to stay
"Perfect spot for a getaway. Fantastic outdoor fireplace and unique hand crafted fit out of the hut and utility building. Definitely recommend"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
19D Temu Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Buried Village, Lake Tarawera and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi is 1.5 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
great get away
"We stayed with our family and had a great time. A lovely quiet modem home"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Spencer Rd, Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and within 3 miles (5 km) of Buried Village and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Fantastic spot
"Loved our stay! Nice property and view!"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
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Off Grid  Sheperd's Hut
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
65 Brett Rd, Rerewhakaaitu, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Off Grid Sheperd's Hut
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
19D Temu Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Spencer Rd, Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Lake front  with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
Lake front with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
6 Te Toroa dr, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake front with own jetty. Four bedroom with modern furnishings
Lake edge superior house with the most fabulous views and jetty
Lake edge superior house with the most fabulous views and jetty
2 Te Toroa Dr, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake edge superior house with the most fabulous views and jetty
Smoked Trout - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
Smoked Trout - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
32 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Smoked Trout - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
Trouts About - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
Trouts About - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
67 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Trouts About - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
WaiNot Farmstay located in a Thermal Wonderland
Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
119 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Tarawera Lakefront - Lake Tarawera Holiday Home
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