Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Entry Ticket

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Explore the world’s youngest geothermal site with lush valleys, native flora and fauna, hot springs and more. Admire geothermal features, crater lakes, and explore hiking trails with an entry ticket.


  • Discover a range of geothermal activity, native plants, and birds and wildlife
  • Enjoy a range of walking options for all abilities and ambitions in the valley
  • See Echo Crater, the dazzling blue of the Inferno Crater, and volcanic features
  • Admire attractions like Frying Pan Lake, one of the world's largest hot springs
  • Learn about the area from a handy guide sheet, available in multiple languages


Discover Waimangu Volcanic Valley on a self-guided walk or hike with an entry ticket. Explore a 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. 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. Opt for an invigorating hike along the Mount Haszard Hiking Trail if you choose. Journey high above the valley floor for superb panoramic views of the unique landscape. Finish your walk or hike at Lake Rotomahana, and return to the reception area by complimentary shuttle bus to conclude your independent tour. 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

Important Information

  • 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 Mountt 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 You can use the internal shuttle bus to transfer between bus stops in the Valley, reducing walking distances Please wear flat walking shoes and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, along with rain or sun protection as necessary

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