Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Wai-o-Tapu, Rotorua

Let me take you to Rotorua today. The smelly Rotorua. Hahaha. That's what people always say about Rotorua and I actually forgot about it when I first arrived there. When we arrived in Rotorua, I thought there was a problem with the car. Maybe the engine gave out or there was a problem with the tires or did we accidentally stepped on some animal's droppings?

Then it hit us! Oh it's the smelly Rotorua air. Hahahaha... Yup it's that bad. The whole town smells bad like rotten eggs. Thousands of rotten eggs. But after a few hours there, we kind of get used to the smell. Oh, this is the town where you can get away with smelly farts too, so fart away! No one will know hahaha... XD

The highlight of our trip was visiting The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You have to pay to be granted entrance. For adults, it's NZD $32.50 each. Not bad. Certainly cheaper than Hobbiton :p

Anyway, this Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland has the largest area of surface thermal activity of any hydrothermal system in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is associated with volcanic activity dating back about 160,000 years! The area is covered with water and steaming fumaroles, collapsed craters, boiling mud pools as well as cold pools. It's a really cool and educational place to visit. 

Some photos for your pleasure.... 

On our way to the thermal wonderland.

Look at the colours!

Loving the view.

Danger. That pool is beautiful but it can burn you.

I think this is the Artist's Palette. 

Which way first?

So serene.

The water is cold here. Don't worry.

Amazing colors. Just like my water colours.

Loving the colours of this Champagne Pool. The surface temperature is 74 celsius. 

Me and the Champagne Pool. 
This spring is the largest in the district measuring at 65m in diameter and 62m deep. 

The Devil's Bath. The color is the result of excess water from the Champagne Pool mixing with ferrous salts and sulphur.

Panoramic view of the Devil's Bath

I hope you guys enjoy the tour! Until next time.
Toddles! xoxo

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