Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier eco tourist attraction which is also a protected Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Refuge set in pristine native forest. Waimangu means “black water” in Maori, the indigenous language, and comes from the color of the water that was thrown up by the famous Waimangu Geyser, which was blackened with mud and rocks.
With four fabulous hours to enjoy this pristine natural landscape, your Waimangu guide will take you on a walking tour along unpaved paths further into the geothermal wonders of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, considered by many to be the most beautiful place in New Zealand.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana, are fantastic examples of an eco-system naturally re-establishing itself in an area following a volcanic eruption, and as with all geothermal regions, you will also be able to smell the hydrogen sulphide that permeates the atmosphere.
Then it's time for you to board the tour boat for a leisurely cruise on Lake Rotomahana, the youngest naturally formed lake in New Zealand and the deepest on the North Island. Your friendly guide will point out the many volcanic craters, lakeside geysers, steaming vents (where Maoris would steam their food) and rich bird life, so make sure you have your cameras at the ready.
Next its time enjoy a tasty buffet lunch in the Waimangu cafe.
Back on the motorcoach, you will enjoy a 45 minute drive through more stunning countryside to Rainbow Springs, where your guide will introduce you to over 135 varieties of native trees and ferns that surround the clear trout pools. Observe the colorful exotic native birds on display in the aviaries, and then visit the nocturnal Kiwi House for a look at New Zealand's cute national emblem, the kiwi bird.
Driving back to port, the scenery will continue to enthrall as you drive past the glorious Rotorua lakefront before arriving at the ship.