It is located in the middle of the North Island, about 30 kilometres south of the city of Rotorua and about 60 kilometres from the town of Whakatane . Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the only hydrothermal system in the world which has been completely formed, and whose appearance is not changing anymore. There is an easy and about ninety-minute long walk around the Waimangu Volcanic Valley most popular natural wonders. The starting point for the walking is from the town of Waimangu, where a large parking lot for motorists is situated.
In Waimangu Volcanic Valley there is the Frying Pan Lake, which covers an area of 38,000 km2 and is considered to be the largest hot spring in the world. Another natural phenomenon is a beautiful Inferno Lake with a bluish steaming water and soft mud. Water in the lake is quite hot - up to 80 ° C. The water level varies during the year - the range is whole 8 meters. At the end of Waimangu Volcanic Valley there is the Rotomahana Lake, which flooded the remains of Pink and White terraces – those were considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. Above the shores of Lake Rotomahana the massive crater of Mount Tarawera rises. An amazing experience can be a boat ride on Lake Rotomahana. Waimangu Volcanic Valley area is still volcanic active, and other thermal areas such asWhakarewarewa , Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Orakei Korako Geyserland are nearby.