If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, raw wilderness, and unimaginable natural and supernatural beauty, you’ll find it at Waimangu volcanic valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. If all of the poets in world got together, they could not capture the stunning beauty and serenity held with Waimangu. Nor could the most expensive camera capture its dynamic sensation—though you should certainly pack your camera for the trip anyway!
Whether it’s the geothermal activity, the geology, the waters or the fauna, everything you see here is like you’ve never seen it before. It is like some stylised and idealised new world you’ve just discovered. And there are a number of ways to experience it, both for the rugged trailblazer, as well as the more relaxed photographer and holiday-maker.
One of the best ways to experience Waimangu volcanic valley must be on foot. There are a variety of hikes offered, from easy hikes under an hour, to all day wilderness excursions into the native bush of four hours or more. Also, for the stronger hikers and ramblers, the Mount Haszard Hiking Trail offers a moderately challenging hike upward to some of the best views Waimangu has to offer. All hikers and walkers should wear proper footwear and attire for an excursion, whether you’re planning to hit the trail for forty minutes or four hours. It will make it much more enjoyable and safe.
For those less inclined to take to the inclines of the Mount Haszard Trail, or for the weary traveller, a lake Rotomahana boat cruise is exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll see the scenery from a completely unique perspective, viewing geothermal activity that is only visible by means of this cruise. Likewise, you will view the many various plants and animals this wildlife refuge contains, with many lovely birds included. You will experience the wonderful purity of nature in the refuge, as the land is protected from development.
If you are looking for a complete package of activities for a day, Waimangu volcanic valley offers a variety of options. These packages are individually crafted for different needs and desires, but all feature guided tours of the most wonderful areas in Waimangu, from rain forest to volcanoes and other geothermally active pieces of wilderness. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and their explanations will greatly enrich and inform your experience of the natural wonders surrounding you.
All of these options come at various prices, all reasonable. You have the freedom to decide exactly what type of adventure and experience you desire to have at Waimangu volcanic valley from the wide variety of potential choices. But whatever you choose, one thing is for sure: it will be unforgettable, mystical, and astoundingly beautiful.