Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walks

We have some of the best walking trails in Rotorua, with a range of self guided nature walks and hikes through the youngest eco-systems in the world viewing a range of geothermal activity, native plants and bird-life - an activity not to be missed.


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Waimangu Volcanic Valley walks or hikes take you on an ecology-focused adventure of the craters of this beautiful valley. Take our courtesy shuttle bus back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre at any stage of your walk.

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There are a number of easy walks, mainly downhill. See Echo Crater and Frying Pan Lake, the world's largest hot water spring. View mysterious and dramatic Inferno Crater with its beautiful blue hot lake. Our most popular walk is 4km to see all the hot springs and Lake Rotomahana.

For more advanced hiking, the Mt Haszard Hiking Trail begins at Inferno Crater and moves high above the Waimangu Volcanic Valley floor. This nature hike provides spectacular panoramic views of the valley, Rainbow Mountain, Mt Tarawera & Lake Rotomahana


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Physical address

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walks, 587 Waimangu Road , Rotorua Central, Rotorua, 3073, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Open daily from 08.30. Valley closes at 17.00 (18.00 January). Last admission between 14.30 - 15.40 (later in Jan)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to town:
20 minutes south of Rotorua and 40 minutes north of Taupo.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $37.00
(16 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Under 6yrs Free
Further pricing information:
The Waimangu walking options are wheelchair accessible.

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