Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waimangu

The result of a volcanic eruption from 1886, Waimangu Volcanic Valley represents the world's youngest geothermal system. The area features several lakes, including Frying Pan Lake--considered the world's largest hot spring, as well as a geyser, craters, and springs. In addition to hiking and bird-watching, you can also take a boat trip on one of the lakes to see the former site of the largest silica sinter deposits in the world, known as the Pink and White Terraces. Use our Waimangu trip builder site to add Waimangu Volcanic Valley and other attractions to your Waimangu vacation plans.
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  • This was a fun hike while also being able to enjoy all types of geothermal activity. There are a couple of places that you can be picked up by a bus if you find you don't want to continue the hike. We...  more »
  • We’ve took the self guided tour through the volcanic valley and finished with a boat cruise around Rotomahana Lake. The geysers, thermal springs and lakes , it’s something worth seeing, and all at you...  more »
  • This is a must see! The park is beautifully maintained, staff are very good, and services offered are great. I highly recommend doing the boat tour at the end. Very informative and utterly stunning. Make this place a priority visit!
  • Easy enough walk up to the Inferno crater. Bus service back makes it even better. Gorgeous natural scenes with a well maintained gravel path to walk on. Some steep steps may make it difficult for elderly visitors.
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