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Whilst researching New Zealand I came across www. waimangu.co.nz and instantly fell in love with the sheer beauty of what nature has provided on their door step. New Zealand is very well known for its extreme activities but there is much more that requires nothing other than the use of your senses. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is regarded as RQH RI WKH PXVW GR experiences when visiting Rotorua. It is the worlds youngest geothermal area and the only one wholly created as a direct result of a volcanic eruption. It can also boast the distinction of being the largest geothermal area in New Zealand. This vast location is set over acres of native New Zealand bush which has regenerated naturally following the greatest natural disaster the country has experienced, the eruption of Mount Tarawera on June   <RXOO KDYH the rare opportunity of viewing how nature, without the need for mans input, has repaired land that was previously completely devastated. If ever there was a place to take a walk or hike, this has to be it. The sights, sounds and smells will give you the perfect time to UHHFW DQG XQZLQG so allowing yourself the opportunity to really appreciate the area. Whether on a self guided visit or travelling in small groups, you can absorb yourself in your surroundings. Here you can see so much within the theatrical backdrop of beauty. With guide sheets available in a wide variety of languages and Waimangus knowledgeable staff always happy to answer your questions, you will discover fascinating facts about the valleys geothermal features, volcanic crater lakes and its unusual thermal SODQWV <RX ZLOO QG yourself observing the cycle of Inferno Crater as it emits the most amazing vision of colour and steam. Youll learn more about the rare botany of the area, and discover the unique ecology of the land. To reach the areas unavailable on foot :DLPDQJX 9ROFDQLF 9DOOH\ Australian Lifestyle Magazine