Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s youngest geothermal valley. The lakes are craters were created due to the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption.
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It has some of the distinct and beautiful geothermal lakes. It is said that the volcano has erupted around 5 times in the last 18,000 years, with the latest eruption on 10 June 1886.
There are 3 options to visit this beautiful site. The booking can either be made online or at the visitor centre.
Option 1: Walk till the lake
- Cost: NZD 40 per person
The walk is divided based on the bus stops along the way. There are 3 bus stops that can get you back at the visitor centre/cafe. The walks and their distances are as per below table:
Option 2: Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise
- Cost: NZD 45 per person
Option 3: Walk + Cruise
One can select to do a combination of walk and cruise.
My friend Vijay and I opted for option 1 and walked the entire 4 kilometres.
Our most favourite geothermal lake was the Inferno Crater lake. The blue lake was extremely beautiful. It seems the lake fills and empties in every 39 days.
I definitely enjoyed visiting this valley. It was less crowded and had the spectacular colours which the geothermal lakes have. I would totally recommend a walk in this valley.