Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Lush forests reveal dramatic geysers, hot springs, and volcanoes in this untouched geothermal valley.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

1. Waimangu Volcanic Valley Morning Tour

Discover Rotorua’s most popular geothermal parks: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Join a small-group morning tour capped at 11 guests for a personal experience led by a knowledgeable guide. You will be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation between 8:05 AM and 8:30 AM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive through forestry and farmland before arriving at New Zealand's largest boiling mud pools. Your next stop will be the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular bush-covered geothermal park. Pause at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Cafe for lunch at 12:00 PM before being dropped back to your accommodation between 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.

From Whakatane: 1-Hour Volcanic Region Flight

2. From Whakatane: 1-Hour Volcanic Region Flight

Departing from Whakatane Airport, experience the thrill of your 1-hour flight's take-off, before climbing above the local coastline with views of Moutohora Island. Fly towards the hidden lakes district and to the volcanic peaks of Mount Tarawera. Learn about New Zealand's largest historic volcanic eruption as you fly inland, towards Rotorua to the country's breathtaking volcanic region. Enjoy a spectacular view of the 2.5-kilometer-long Mount Tarawera crater onboard this scenic flight. Also see Waimangu Thermal Valley, the Rotorua Lakes District, Mount Putauaki, Matahina Hydroelectric, Dam and Ohope Beach.

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What people are saying about Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

What a wondrous experience! Nature is such a gift & the geothermal area in Rotorua is a shining example of that fact. Speaking of special gifts- our guide Kate was superb- her knowledge was extraordinary, she is a real fire-cracker & her true love for the natural wonders she presented to us truly shined through her spirit! Thank you Kate & thank you Rotorua!!

Perfect! Our guide Kay was the BEST! She explained every detail and we were amazed that she told us about NZ and the tour for the whole time (even when driving). Everything was on time and the sights were amazing! Def. would recommend!

Great tour! We were a really small group which was very nice. We were guided through both parks and got very interesting information.

Fantastic experience! Awesome scenic flight with great views. Highly recommend.

Excellent tour with a very good guide who knows the best schedules !