Events in Rotorua

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Rotorua

Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Entry Ticket

31 Reviews
Tours Culture & history Activities Reseller exclusions Nature & adventure Outdoor sports

Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on a self-guided walk or hike at Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Explore the lush valleys, native flora and fauna, hot springs, and more.


  • 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


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

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
  • 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

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


Book Now! Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Entry Ticket

My Lists

Create New Guide


Mini Guides

Login to create your guides for Rotorua.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide



Recommended Experiences in Rotorua

500+ trusted car hire partners globally

Create & Share your own Guide to Rotorua with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section


Mini Guides

We Are Part of the My Guide Network!

My Guide Rotorua is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations