Waimangu Valley Walk & Boat Cruise
Price from £40 per person
'The world's youngest geothermal system' - this tour starts with a self-guided walk through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley then a 45 minute boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. The downhill walk through the valley takes you past many thermal and volcanic features!
Created on 10 June 1886, Waimangu is the only hydrothermal system in the world that was entirely formed within historic times as the result of a volcanic eruption. Features include the world’s largest hot water spring, sinter terraces and the relationship between the two huge hot springs of Inferno Crater and Echo Crater. After a scenic bush walk through untouched native forest board your vessel for a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. The 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera changed Lake Rotomahana dramatically, exploding it to 20 times its size. The lake now covers approximately 15 coalescing craters formed during the eruption and has its own separate geothermal system. Cruise to the site of the world famous pink and white terraces, which were destroyed in the eruption, then watch as the eerily silent and dark Mt Tarawera looms large over the surrounding greenery. An internal shuttle bus is also available to transfer you between points in the valley or to/from Lake Rotomahana.
Months: Year Round
Duration: Allow 4 Hours
Ends: 17:00 (13:00 in January)
Recommended last admission 12:00 (13:00 in January)
Shuttle departs from the Waimangu Volcanic Valley entrance every day at 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.50pm, 1.30pm, 2.25pm and 3.15pm (4.10pm in January).