Waimangu Volcanic Valley steps it up a notch with a 2 hour walk through extensive native bush, with jaw-dropping sights popping up along the way. The park has a ecology focus and really reflects the clean, green image New Zealand has around the world.
Waimangu was created in 1886 as a result of the Tarawera eruption, which formed the 7 craters found in Waimangu Valley today. It is the youngest geothermal park in the world and is not only famous for it’s volcanic activity but also has a fantastic plant and bird life.
The walk down through the park offers stunning panoramic views of the craters, newly forming silica terraces and surrounding native bush.
The walk ends at Lake Rotomahana, the newest naturally formed lake in New Zealand. Here, you can take a relaxing boat tour and view geothermal sights not accessible by foot, the perfect way to finish off the tour.