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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Located approximately 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua through winding farmland you’ll discover this wonderful hidden valley.

Billed as the youngest geothermal valley in the world, forming after the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886, you can explore this young geothermal valley at your own pace, with walking trails for all abilities and ambitions. Walks vary in length from 1.5km to 4.5km, covering a range of geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Some highlights to look out for include the world’s largest hot spring, the Mt Haszard trail, and the brilliant blue Inferno Crater.

The trails ultimately lead you down to the lake, where you’ll enjoy relaxing 45 minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana. Throughout the cruise, you’ll encounter stunning geothermal activity only viewed by boat, as well as rare native birdlife. You can also listen to the historic stories of the lake, the Pink and White Terraces and the Mount Tarawera eruption from the onboard commentary.

Allow at least 3 hours to get a good taste of  Waimangu

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is one of the oldest most established visitor attractions located in central Rotorua. It is without doubt the most well known and popular of the hot spring experiences.

With panaramic views of Lake Rotorua the Lake View Private Pool (38.5°C) offers panoramic views over Lake Rotorua to enjoy in peace and quiet. Private pools cannot be booked for longer than 30 minutes at a time for health and safety reasons. Private pools include towels, changing room, drinking fountain and shower.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

What we love about Waimangu is that it feels like you are really off the beaten track – it’s uncrowded, it is undoubtedly beautiful and requires a good hike to really appreciate everything it has (it does have uphill shuttles to get you back from the bottom of the valley). We were really impressed with it. 

And then Polynesian Spa is one of our favorites and we though what a better way to finish a day exploring an off the beaten track location. So we made it a combo in the gift packages!


Geothermal Valley, Boat Cruise and Private Hot Pool

2 Adults

$199 NZD

Explore the youngest geothermal valley in the world before taking a boat cruise and viewing steaming cliffs, then head for a private lakeside soak in soothing hot waters.

Experience provided by

Polynesian Spa & Waimangu

Important Information
  • These activities can be enjoyed separately on different days anytime during the validity period.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley is open from 08.30am. Last admission is 2pm. Capacity is limited, so bookings are essential.
  • Allow 3+ hours to explore and experience Waimangu

Polynesian Spa

  • Pre Booking essential
  • A minimum of 2 adults is required at Polynesian Spa for Health and Safety reasons.
  • Private Pool Hire is 30 minutes
  • Polynesian Spa is open from 9am – 10pm
  • Polynesian Spa is open 7 days during school holidays and Wednesday to Sunday during term time

Geothermal Walk and Boat Cruise

Geothermal Valley walk and Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise to see the steaming cliffs

Private Lakeside bathing

Lake view private pool soak (30 minute soak)

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