Rotorua: Guided Waimangu Walk and Steaming Cliffs Kayak Tour

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Breathtaking guided walk down the Waimangu Volcanic Valley followed by spectacular geothermal kayaking tour along the wonderous steaming cliffs of Lake Rotomahana.


  • Marvel at the spectacular geothermal wonders - fumaroles and steaming cliffs
  • Paddle and walk past incredible geysers
  • Enjoy a small group fully guided tour in an incredible location
  • Take in the beautiful New Zealand scenery and unique geothermal landscape
  • Shuttle transfer included from Central Rotorua


Explore the amazing scenery of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana on this spectacular guided walking and kayaking tour. Experience an incredible journey from valley top to bottom, passing the worlds largest hot spring, lakes with vibrant colours and steaming cliffs as you are immersed in the wonders of the worlds youngest geothermal system. Along the way you will learn the story of this incredible valley as you walk and paddle your way past geothermal features exclusive only to this beautiful part of New Zealand. The tour begins at the Rotorua Information Centre, where you will meet your friendly guide for the first time. After a 30 minute scenic drive to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley entrance, you'll head into the Waimangu cafe for a quick history lesson from your guide on the stunning landscape you are about to explore. Following that summary, you will begin your journey down the valley on foot, your guide will be sure to stop at all the best places so you can ask questions about all the weird and wonderful things in front of you. The walk is easy going, mostly gently downhill and your guide will make sure to cater to your groups needs at all times. Once we reach the edge of Lake Rotomahana, it'll be time for some paddling. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary kayaking equipment including personal flotation devices and water shoes. Your guide will then brief you on the important safety aspects of the tour before keeping you entertained with a how-to-kayak demonstration. From here, you will kayak a short distance before being lost once again in this Jurassic type world of steaming cliffs and colourful landscapes. Mount Tarawera watches over you nearby from above and the Pink and White terraces lie beneath the water you paddle on buried as the 8th wonder of the world. Your guide will share the entire story of the valley as you soak it all in. The Waimangu shuttle bus will bring you back to the top of the valley and your wonderful guide will drive you back to Rotorua to complete the trip.


Entry to Waimangu Volcanic Valley Private (only our tour group) shuttle service from Central Rotorua All kayaking equipment provided including water shoes, life jackets Fantastic and knowledgeable guides with great knowledge of the area

Important Information

  • Please arrive at the Rotorua ISITE at least 5 minutes before the time on your booking. This will allow the tour to run on time. The walk in this tour is very easy going, mostly downhill and has options to catch a small shuttle bus the rest of the way if it proves to difficult. It really can cater for everyone and your guides will make sure you are comfortable with what you are doing. The kayaking is also very doable, low distance and flat water make for a beautiful place to paddle for all ages and abilities.

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