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Eco Tour in Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Whirinaki Rainforest

Instant confirmation Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

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  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00 am)
    Duration: 9 hours (including 3 hours of walking for 5.5 kilometers)

  • Meeting Point
    Your hotel in Rotorua(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Rotorua

Key Highlights

  • The Frying Pan Lake in Waimangi Volcanic Valley is the world′s largest Hot Water Spring Enjoy a cruise on Lake Rotomahana amidst a stunning volcanic landscape
  • Walk through the towering 800-year old tress in the Whirinaki Rainforest


Reflecting the region’s natural diversity this full day guided trip takes in the amazing geothermal activity of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and the magnificence of the Whirinaki Rainforest.

The Whirinaki Rainforest is about 50 kilometers south of Rotorua and is enthralling for the stunning beauty of its towering trees many of which are several hundred years old. Scenic walking trails, fascinating waterfalls and the beautiful Whirinaki River make the rainforest an absolute delight to visit.

Waima-ngu literally means ‘black water’ and it is named for the dark, muddy colour of the water in Waimangu Volcanic Valley. This valley was created in 1886 after the eruption of Mt. Tarawera. See its many thermal and volcanic features like the Inferno Crater Lake and the Frying Pan Lake. Guided walks and lake cruises make a visit here truly unforgettable.

For nature lovers this tour is a must-do on a holiday in New Zealand.


  • You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle for a guided eco tour to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Whirinaki Rainforest. Arrive at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Begin your unique experience with a guided walk through this stunning region. Waimangu offers a range of easy ecology-focused walks through the craters of the beautiful Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The walks showcase a wide range of volcanic activity, native plants and bird-life in one of the newest eco-systems in the world. There are a number of easy walks available. In each case, your walk will follow a predominantly downhill path. You can then take one of the courtesy shuttle buses back up the valley to the Waimangu entrance. Continue your tour with a cruise on Lake Rotomahana amidst a stunning volcanic landscape with spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles and colorful silica terraces. Proceed towards the Whirinaki Rainforest often described as a 'dinosaur forest, due to its many tall trees which began life hundreds of years ago. It contains species unique to NZ that developed over millions of years. Take a guided walk in this magnificent Rainforest famous for its towering 700 - 800 year old Rimu, Totara, Matai, Miro and Kahikatea - the ancient giants of New Zealand’s podocarp tree species. Beneath the forest canopy wonder in awe at the rich diversity of native vegetation and birdlife amidst the spectacular scenery of rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy refreshments and a delicious picnic lunch amidst lush natural surroundings. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Rotorua.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Refreshments
  • Picnic lunch
  • Entrance fee

Additional info

The walk in this tour is suitable for most levels of fitnessThe confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

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