Eighth Natural Wonder of the World at Waimangu Volcanic Valley

New Zealand has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on the planet, but if you’re going to add one location to your bucket list, we have the answer right here! Experience how the world began at Waimangu Volcanic valley, the world’s youngest geothermic valley – see dramatic landscapes, go on spectacular walks and hikes and take boat cruises in this unforgettable experience.

What's the eighth wonder of the world?

Waimangu Volcanic valley stakes it's claim as the eighth wonder of the world, with it's unbelievable geothermal activity and breathtaking sites. Home to some of New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes, you'll see massive volcanic craters, steaming hot water springs and a beautiful lake.

In your Waimangu Experience, you’ll be immersed in the story of the Mount Tarawerea eruption and spectacular landscape that came from it, from volcanic craters, enormous blue hot water springs, incredible geothermal features to an amazing range of plant and wildlife.

Wonder the walking trail and admire the nature and wildlife at it’s best and most chaotic – you can’t miss Mt Haszard, the world’s largest hot spring and the Blue Inferno crater, filled with strikingly pale blue water. Your walk will lead you down to the lake, where you can rest your legs and take to the water, in a relaxing 45 minute cruise around the peaceful waters of Lake Rotomahana. Discover breathtaking geothermal activity you’ll only see by boat, and keep an eye out for rare native birds. The onboard commentary will provide captivating stories of the lake, Mount Tarawera and it’s people.

Waimangu is a must-do for any trip in the Northern Island or Rotorua, with spectacular scenery and sites to soak up that you won’t soon forget.

  • Adults (16 years+) NZ$85
    Children (6-15 years) NZ$28
    Under 6’s FREE
  • Open daily 8.30am to 5pm.
  • Duration of trip is usually around 4 hours.
  • Detailed directions can be found here.
  • Store and café on site, more information here.
  • Covid-19 information can be found on this page.
  • Check this page for accessibility information.

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