Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Waimangu, Rotorua New Zealand. Warbrick Terrace, The Emerald Pools, Inferno Crater, and Frying Pan Lake.
Emerald Pools at Waimangu, Rotorua
Warbrick Terrace at Waimangu, Rotorua
Inferno Crater at Waimangu, Rotorua


In 1886 Mount Tarawera erupted in a devastating explosion of ash and lava, ripping the mountain in two and gouging a 17 kilometre rift into the landscape. Lake Rotomahana swelled to twenty times its size and the seven craters that make up the geothermal utopia that is Waimangu, were created.

Waimangu Valley, being the youngest geothermal site in the world, shows off the beauty left behind after a volcanic eruption. Thirty years after the explosion, plant life returned in abundance and the hot pools and springs display multicoloured rock and amazing coloured water

In the Maori language Waimangu means "black water". The area was once the location of the most powerful geyser in the world; spewing black mud 460 metres (1,500 ft) into the air. While the geyser became extinct in 1904, this beautiful valley still bears the name Waimangu. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a 20 minute trip south from Rotorua that must not be missed.

The Emerald Pools

The Emerald Pools sit in one of the craters left behind by the 1886 Tarawera eruption, nestled amongst stunning native bushland. The lush green colour of the pools is the result of sphagnum moss, once used in healing for its extracting properties.

Warbrick Terrace

Former Waimangu guide Alfred Warbrick placed sandbags to slow the discharge of a spring, resulting in this visual masterpiece. The terrace is a rolling formation of what looks like multicoloured liquid rock; its colours a blend of gold, black, grey and rust. The unusual colouration is the result of algae, iron oxide, hydroxide and silicate deposits.

Steaming Crater Lakes

Also worth a look are the other unique and beautiful crater lakes in the valley. Watch steam rise from the tantalisingly blue Inferno Crater, and hear the crackling and sizzling of Frying Pan Lake.

See a complete list of Waimangu Volcanic Valley activities.

This week's featured activities in Waimangu Volcanic Valley are:

Featured Activities

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Day Tour - Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Starting from NZ $37.00 per adult

Prime Rotorua tourist attraction, Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers self guided tours through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, volcanic craters and many more geothermal features.We are just 20 minutes South of Rotorua and 40 minutes North of Taupo. More...

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $295.00 per person

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit the Lake Tarawera lookout and see boiling mud pools and hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Along the way, you'll learn all about volcanology, New Zealand's stunning flora and fauna, and Maori history from your naturalist guide. More...

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

Nature Walk - Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Starting from $38.50 per person

Explore New Zealand’s geothermal landscapes at your own pace on this independent  Waimangu hiking tour. Follow rugged hiking trails through the Waimangu region, and take in top natural attractions like Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake, and Lake Rotomahana. Trek past the unique craters and steaming geysers, and capture the spectacular scenery on camera. At the end of your hike, return to your starting point via the shuttle bus. More...

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $1199.00 per person

Discover the best attractions of the North Island on this 3-day trip from Auckland. See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo Caves, explore the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo and the amazing Huka Falls and experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. More...

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Air Tour - Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Starting from $245.00 per person

Fly high over breathtaking volcanic landscapes on an unforgettable 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. See New Zealand's world-famous volcanic scenery as you fly over spectacular Mt. Tarawera, the Blue and Green Lakes, and the gurgling geysers of Whakarewareewa Thermal Reserve. Flying at a time to suit you, this scenic air tour will fit into even the busiest of itineraries. More...

Pohutu Vista B&BPohutu Vista B&B - Bed and Breakfast.

Pohutu Vista B&B is set in Rotorua, 2.1 km from Rotorua International Stadium. Free private parking is available on...

White Island & Mount Tarawera Floatplane AdventureWhite Island & Mount Tarawera Floatplane Adventure - Air Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $635.00 per person.

Fly over New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano, White Island and enjoy amazing aerial views of the...


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