Waimangu Volcanic Valley

From $34.50 - $300.00

The World's Youngest Geothermal Area

The first attraction you’ll come to on the Te Ara Ahi Bicycle Trail, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is definitely the “must do” eco-experience if you want to experience New Zealand’s unique ecology, botany and geothermal features all in a natural setting of New Zealand native bush. Park your bicycles in the designated secure area right next to Waimangu’s Visitor Centre and enjoy self-guided walking tours of the spectacular geothermal activity on show in the world's youngest geothermal system. Contained within 22 volcanic craters this awesome valley was created out of the eruption of Mount Tarawera on 10 June 1886.

Our unique valley showcases many geothermal features, foremost of which are Frying Pan Lake, one of the largest hot water springs in the world, and its beautiful companion, Inferno Crater, its stunning lake rising and falling in a pattern mysteriously connected to Frying Pan Lake. Delicate Sinter Terraces grow from mineral deposits of the hot spring waters. And amongst the regenerating native forests rare and unusual plants have adapted to grow in the hot earths of Waimangu.

Eco focused, self guided walks and hikes to suit all ages and abilities follow a mainly downhill path. Walk down to the jetty and take a cruise of unspoilt Lake Rotomahana. Covering 15 volcanic craters formed during the same 1886 eruption the lake is a protected wild life refuge and a bird lover's paradise. Its separate geothermal system features activity that can only be viewed by our boat. You’ll see hot springs, steaming vents, fumaroles and geysers, along with the final resting place of the famous drowned Pink and White Terraces.

Allow 3 hours for walk and boat combination or 2 hours for walk only. To help you better enjoy your self-guided walks and boat cruise, guide sheets in a wide variety of different languages are available. Ask for one in your language at the Visitor's Center.

Before you leave Waimangu for the next stage of the Te Ara Ahi trail re-charge your batteries from a diverse selection of hot and cold food and drinks in our Café@Waimangu. If you have room for a souvenir in your saddle bag, our [email protected] shop stocks an amazing array of New Zealand made gifts. And last but not least, we also provide modern, clean toilet facilities.


  • Off State Highway 5 - (main Rotorua to Taupo Highway)


Walking Tours Self-guided and eco-focused walking or hiking tours are from 45 minutes to 4+hours, depending on the trail you choose to take. Your journey takes you through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system. 34.50
Boat Cruise Enjoy a cruise on sparkling Lake Rotomahana, a lake with its own separate geothermal system, with amazing thermal activity only viewable by boat. 42.50
The Waimangu Experience A half-day guided tour that includes morning tea, a visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley (walking or hiking trails), a Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise and lunch. Minimum 2 paying Adults. Bookings essential. 195.00
Geothermal Wonderalnd A half-day guided tour that includes the sights and sounds of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley walking trails or hiking tracks and a visit to the nearby Waiotapu Geothermal Park. Minimum 2 paying Adults. Bookings essential. 135.00
Walk & Boat Cruise Combo Take one of our nature walks or an invigorating hike to explore other-worldly geothermal landscapes, steaming craters and more, then relax and enjoy a lake cruise, discovering astounding sights only accessible by our boat. 77.00
Volcanoes and Rainforests A full day guided tour featuring Whirinaki Forest, Waimangu Volcanic Valley walk/hike, Rotomahana Boat Cruise, lunch. Minimum 2 paying Adults. Bookings essential. 300.00