Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk
Walks ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours
The Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the worlds youngest geothermal system and easy to explore on foot, with a range of self guided walks that lead you through the valley, with plenty of chances to view a range of geothermal activity, native plants and bird life along the way.
Any easy drive out from Rotorua, There are a variety of easy walking tracks to choose from, mostly downhill, or if you prefer, you can take a harder hike, the Mount Haszard Hiking Trail.
The Mt Haszard Hiking Trail was opened in January 2005. Some of the path uses the original Round Trip walking route from the early 1900’s when tourists came to view the Waimangu Geyser erupting.
The Mt Haszard Hiking Trail begins at Inferno Crater, and moves high above the Waimangu Volcanic Valley floor. The hike provides spectacular panoramic views of the valley, the surrounding region, Rainbow Mountain, Mt Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana, and views into Black, Fairy and Raupo Pond Craters.
It’s worth noting that this hiking trail does require good fitness. There are steep hills and it is rough underfoot in places.
Driving South of Rotorua along State Highway 5 (the Rotorua-Taupo Highway) look out for the Waimangu Volcanic Valley signs 14kms from Rotorua – turn left into Waimangu Road. Then drive 6kms along Waimangu Road to the entrance and car park.