Rotorua: Waimangu Valley 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.


  • Spectacular geothermal wonders accessible by walk and kayak
  • Small group tours with exclusive lake access (1 guide per 8 kayakers)
  • Professional guides ensure your experience is both safe and educational
  • Pick-up & drop-off transfer from Rotorua Information Centre
  • No experience required, all equipment provided, perfect for all ages (5+ yrs)


The tour begins when your friendly guide picks you up and shuttles you from Rotorua out to the enriching Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You then journey on foot through the heart of the Waimangu Valley, a dynamic volcanic area that stands testament to Rotorua’s amazing geological history. Your knowledgeable guide is available to answer any questions about the unique landscapes, native forest, colourful terraces, and geothermal features. Your walk will lead you to Lake Rotomahana, where the adventure part of your activity begins. Your guide will provide you with all necessary equipment, then run through safety and basic kayak instruction before you take the helm on the water. From here you will kayak a short distance before being captivated in a spectacular geothermal display of steaming cliffs and colourful landscapes. From your kayak you will have a unique vantage point and perspective of the raw beauty and power these geysers create. Your guide will share the story of the valley along with insight to Maori culture and heritage of the area. This is an activity you will never forget!


5 Hour Experience Pick-up and drop-off transfers from Rotorua Information Centre included (1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua) Entry to Waimangu Volcanic Valley All equipment & safety gear provided Professional, fun, experienced guide No experience required, everyone can come an amazing day creating life long memories Spend 90 minutes on the lake kayaking along the shorelines to view spectacular geothermal wonders on Lake Rotomahana, an exclusive activity to Taiao Adventures Experience our Taiao Adventures values where we lead by example creating strong connections, positive contribution, and thoughtfulness to the environments we explore

Important Information

  • We recommend that you arrive at least 10 mins prior to the meeting time at the Rotorua Information Centre. Once you meet your guide, you can forget about time altogether! Allow at least 5 hours for the round trip leaving from and returning to Rotorua. We will do our best to get in touch well in advance if the weather looks bad, unfortunately sometimes mother nature wins. If our regulations allow us to operate then we will operate. Suitable for all ages above 5 years old (inclusive). All participants 16 years and under must be supervised by a responsible adult 18 years or over The kayaks are ‘two person sit-on-top kayaks’ a weight limit of 220kg (total per kayak) applies 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 desired. We really can cater for everyone and your guides will make sure you are comfortable with what you are doing, all ages and abilities can have fun with Taiao Adventures!

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