Monday, 8 September 2014

Wai-o-Tapu - The Thermal Wonderland

Back in Germany there is a lot to do, so I had to pause the Blog for a while. I'd like to finish telling the story of our journey though and I have just worked on some pictures of our last stop before Auckland:

Wai-o-Tapu, or “Holy Water”, the Geothermal Area in the middle of the North Island is one of the main attractions to see in New Zealand. It is close to Rotorua, a town that's all about Maori culture and built on boiling earth.
In the whole area, the smell of sulfur is in the air. Walking through and around the town, you find plenty of hot springs, like Kerosene Creek which we have seen on our trip down south.

And in the centre of it all, Wai-o-Tapu is the “Thermal Wonderland”, with the most spectacular landscape condensed into two hours walk.
The colors are amazing, especially the glowing orange and deep green-blue of the “Champagne Pool”. All around the walkways the water is steaming hot, mudpools are boiling rght next to your feet and sulfur dyes the rocks in a bright yellow. Even the surrounding trees are colored by orange moss, supporting the surreal feeling.

Lady Knox Geyser

Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Area

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