Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Trial

There does seem to be a vast amount of geothermal areas in New Zealand, but the Wai-O-Tapu thermal trial is one of the most colourful and diverse.

It has convenient, signpost, boardwalk paths that take 30-75 minutes to complete.

So, if like us you only have time to fit in one geothermal experience, this is a good one.

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I imagine it looks a little like earth did when it was young and feisty.

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With craters that hiss, steam and STINK.

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Some have bubbling pools of, what looks like slop.

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But, don’t mistake me, this place is really good fun. Coming from the green and pleasant land of England this is an exciting experience. And one we’ve never experienced before.

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Or smelt before!

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The gases kill off the edges of the hardy vegetation.

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Sometimes the gases come your way and you have to hold your breath, ‘though you all scream with laughter, or duck, or run!

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Some areas are unbelievably colourful.

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Bright oranges or lime greens.

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One area looked like the surface of the moon (in my mind, anyhoo).

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One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. OK Tim Peake, calm down!

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No one here paddles or tests the temperature of the water. Keep those pinkies and toes tucked away, no matter how tempting it can look.

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Steaming, stinking water took some of the romance from this waterfall…

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but then it did open out to this emerald and turquoise lake.

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Some land surfaces are like reptilian scales.

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Others you can barely see!

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Until the breeze pushes the gases away to reveal a burnt red edge around a bright green pool.

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Then it’s gone again!

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At times we could hardly believe the colours.

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Just stick to the path and experience a whole new world.

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They lead you past the reliable Lady Knox geyser (bursting onto the scene at 10.15am daily), hissing fumaroles, lacework terraces and more.

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Just don’t forget the mesmerising and hugely entertaining boiling mud pools!

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rotorua
New Zealand

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3 Comments

  1. Andy Kelly
    June 26, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    A steamingly good post! Great pics and full of hot air😜👍👍

    • Maria Kelly
      June 26, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks, hot stuff x