Waimangu Volcanic Valley was created by the eruption of Mount Tarawera on 10 June 1886 , and is the newest geothermal system in the world and the only one wholly created as a result of a volcanic eruption . Today we are going to walk you through the event which happened back in 1886 and you will get to experience the geothermal aftermath which includes a Living Maori village .
This tour package combines three iconic cultural and natural heritage attractions, Rotorua Museum, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Whakarewarewa, The Living Thermal Maori Village. Individually, each attraction is distinctive, yet collectively they bring to life a timeless and powerful story.
Let’s begin your day with a visit to the Rotorua Museum, where you will begin to get an understanding of Rotorua, a place where tourism for New Zealand began. Experience what it feels like during a volcanic eruption with computer generated imagery & surround sounds.
Now it’s time to go and see firsthand what a geyser, steaming fumaroles, boiling coloured lakes and bubbling mud looks like close up at Waimangu Volcanic Valley . You’ll see steaming hills, newly forming silica terraces and rare thermal plants. Relax on a boat cruise of Lake Rotomahana, a protected refuge for native and exotic birdlife with its own amazing geothermal features.
The eruption of Mount Tarawera completely altered what was a sumptuous lifestyle and thriving community for Tuhourangi, the local Maori tribe. With their land now uninhabitable the survivors eventually relocated to Whakarewarewa, where they rebuilt their lives and independence. This afternoon you get to meet descendants of those survivors at New Zealand’s only tribally owned and managed, living, Maori and geothermal village. Experience their people of today along with a cultural performance (concert) and famous Haka.
Recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and take a warm jacket.