Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Thermal Wonderland indeed !

First we went to visit the mud pools

We had a bit of time before the Lady Knox Geyser was...

Mud-plops in mid-plop

Lady Knox Geyser goes off at such a precise time every day...

Because a ranger chucks a load of washing powder into it

Scientifically speaking this only breaks the surface tension of the water underneath

Going once !

Going twice !

Sold to the man in the white shirt !

Over 20 metres high on a good day

We then went on a 3 km walk around the thermal wonderland

This collapsed crater is known as "Devil´s Home"

At the Devil´s Ink Pots these small craters have joined together to...

The Artist´s Palette (1)

The Artist´s Palette (2)

Jean Batten Geyser (can erupt to 3 metres high)

Panoramic view with Ohaaki geothermal powerstation in the background

Oyster Pool (due to it´s shape)

The Sulphur Cave (undisturbed crystallised sulphur)

The green waters of Lake Ngakoro (the grandfather)

Frying Pan Flat with bubbling hot springs and fumeroles

The Champagne Pool (surface temperature 74 degrees)

The pool was formed 700 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption

The Champagne Pool is the largest spring in the district, 65m diameter,...

The Devil´s Bath

Colour is result of Champagne Pool water mixing with sulphur and ferrous...


You knw when you have arrived at Rotorua. It smells. Lots and lots of hydrogen sulphide (rotten eggs) from all the thermal activity. Wai-O-Tapu was the only thing we did tourist wise in 3 days at Rotorua. Check the photos. Rest of the time we chilled out (bit tired by now from all the driving and just wanted to stay in the same place for a few nights). We got a cool hostel with a little flatette and 2 indoor thermal pools and one outdoor thermal pool. We made sure we had several thermal pools each day and got full money´s worth out of it. Tomorrow we visit Hobbiton and then drive north past Auckland to Tutukaka (diving).



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