In pictures: The weird colours of Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu – New Zealand

Source: On the Luce –  ontheluce.com –  by Lucy Dodsworth

Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New ZealandThere’s a lot going on under the surface in New Zealand, and one of the island’s geothermal hotspots (in more ways than one) is Rotorua. Outside the city, Wai O Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is billed as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet. Walking routes around the park take you past bubbling mud, sulphur waterfalls, steaming vents and lakes in neon oranges, yellows and greens, given their colour by mineral deposits. Some of the highlights are the Champagne Pool, where tiny bubbles make it look like a huge lake of bubbly, and the Lady Knox Geyser. Though you need to time your visit well to watch her erupt – she only goes off once a day, at 10.15am, shooting out boiling water 20 metres into the air.Steaming lake at Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Champagne pools at Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand

Green lake at Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand

Geyser and green pool at Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under New Zealand, Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s