1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Rotorua
  4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Entry Ticket

Product ID: 158070
Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on a self-guided walk or hike at Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Explore the world’s youngest geothermal site with lush valleys, native flora and fauna, hot springs and more.
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  • Discover a range of geothermal activity, native plants, and bird-life
  • Enjoy a range of walking options for all abilities and ambitions
  • See Echo Crater, the dazzling blue of the Inferno Crater, and Frying Pan Lake - the world's largest hot water spring
  • Gain insight from a handy guide sheet, available in multiple languages
Full description
Discover Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a self-guided walk or hike with an entry ticket. This spectacular natural attraction is just a 20 minute drive south of Rotorua or 40 minute drive north of Taupo. Check-in at reception then enter the valley at your leisure between 08:30 and 15:00. 

Explore the walking and hiking trails through Waimangu at your own pace, with a range of options for all abilities and ambitions. Wind through the geothermal landscape and admire panoramic views over natural attractions including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana. Discover sweeping geothermal terraces, hot springs and steam vents all set amongst a beautiful native forest and grassland. Keep watch for native wildlife unique to Waimangu's geothermal terrain. 

If you’re looking for a bit more of an expedition, opt for an invigorating hike along the Mount Haszard Hiking Trail. Journey high above the valley floor for superb panoramic views of the unique landscape. At the end of your walk or hike at Lake Rotomahana, you will return to the reception area by complimentary shuttle bus to conclude your independent tour. You can also use the regular shuttle bus to transfer between bus stops in the valley, reducing walking distances.
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley admission fee
  • Onsite shuttle bus
  • Self-guided walk or hike
  • Information sheet and map

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Waimangu Visitor Centre, 587 Waimangu Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Open from 8:30 AM daily, last admission for the shortest walk only at 3:30 PM (4:30 PM in January)
• Allow at least 2 hours visiting time as there are a variety of self-guided walks and hikes through the geothermal park ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours
• Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
• Suitable footwear and a degree of fitness is required for the Mt Haszard Trail
• Mt Haszard Trail is steep and rough in places and isn’t suitable for children, strollers, or wheelchairs
• A courtesy shuttle regularly circles the valley back to the Waimangu Visitor Centre
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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A very well maintained area. The trails are in good condition, there is a lot of geothermal to see. Entry is very moderate compared to other “attractions”. A hike to the lake and back takes about four hours. The bus transfer is free and enables people who are not so good to walk to experience parts of the park. The friendly reception explains the route well and points out the "must see". This. you should follow :-) Overall: Thumbs up!

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December 2, 2019

Nice walk along Volcanic lakes and rivers.

Hiking was slightly less than expected, especially the Mt. Haszard Trail was very disappointing. Difficult paths, not for beginners, are warned about, but there was little to see. Not worth the extra walk. Also our e-ticket was not accepted at the checkout, I had to forward the mail. Fortunately they did have free WiFi.

March 21, 2019

October 22, 2019

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Product ID: 158070