Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Family Fun

Waimangu Volcanic Valley connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy.

Experience spectacular volcanic craters, enormous hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features, rare and unusual plant life, brilliantly coloured micro biology and a wide array of birds.

Visitors are immersed in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption, its people, and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created the world’s youngest geothermal valley.

Treat yourself to some of the best walking trails in Rotorua, set amongst awe-inspiring volcanic craters and incredible geothermal activity. Choose from a range of self-guided nature walks and hiking trails, mostly down hill, through pristine New Zealand bush. Included with your entrance fee is a guide sheet, available in many languages, to refer to for interpretation as you make your way through our wonderful valley.

Relax on a cruise of beautiful Lake Rotomahana with full commentary by your skipper; or take a combination of walk and cruise. When you're ready, a courtesy shuttle bus will return you to the Waimangu Visitor Centre where you can enjoy refreshments in our café and browse our gift shop.

The FREE Waimangu App allows you to uncover hidden content, rediscover the Pink and White Terraces and learn more about this unique and historically significant area. 

$119 shuttle service + entry package to Waimangu Volcanic Valley

A daily shuttle service is available (excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day), leaving at 9am from Rotorua isite Visitor Information Centre at 1167 Fenton Street, and returning to isite by 1.30pm. For more info, terms and conditions, and bookings, click here.

Self-Guided Walk or Hike
Explore the valley, unguided, in your own time – choose the highlights walk, or opt for the full walk. Add the Mt Haszard hiking trail for the full experience. There's something to cater to everyone’s fitness levels.

Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise (bookings required)
Relax and enjoy a boat cruise around beautiful Lake Rotomahana. Learn about the important role this lake has in New Zealand’s history.

Walk & Boat Cruise Combo (bookings required)
Enjoy a walk and/or hike through Waimangu Volcanic Valley, together with a 45-minute cruise around beautiful Lake Rotomahana. Learn the complete story of Waimangu and Rotomahana in all its beauty, complexity and diversity.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a proud member of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter.


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How to find us?

587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua