East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Sights


  • Waimangu Rd. Map It
  • Rotorua
  • Geological Site

Published 10/27/2015

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When Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886, destroying Rotomahana's terraces, not all was lost. A volcanic valley emerged from the ashes, extending southwest from Lake Rotomahana. It's consequently one of the world's newest thermal-activity areas, encompassing the boiling water of the massive Inferno Crater, plus steaming cliffs, bubbling springs, and bush-fringed terraces. A path (one–two hours) runs through the valley down to the lake, where a shuttle bus can get you back to the entrance. Or add on a lake cruise as well. Waimangu is 26 km (16 mi) southeast of Rotorua; take Highway 5 south (Taupo direction) and look for the turn after 19 km (12 mi).

Sight Information


Waimangu Rd., Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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Website: www.waimangu.com

Sight Details:

  • NZ$34.50, including cruise NZ$77
  • Daily 8:30–5; last entry at least 1 hr prior to closing

Published 10/27/2015


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