Waimangu Volcanic Valley photo essay images of geothermal activity featuring geysers and hot springs
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is located about 20 Km south of Rotorua on Waimangu Road off SH5. Visit Wai-O-Tapu first then drive back north to Waimangu Volcanic Valley attraction and arrive in time for an early lunch at their cafe. The volcanic valley covers a larger area than Wai-O-Tapu. It took two and half hours to stroll 2 Km through the valley to the lake, taking photographs along the way. Come back on the shuttle bus. The Volcanic Valley is larger with eye-catching landscapes and thermal activity. It had fewer tourists, probably because it takes longer to walk around so no tour buses and on balance it is more attractive than Wai-O-Tapu.