craziest attraction is its geothermal activity. Walking around Waiotapu Thermal
Wonderland felt like life after the apocalypse.
town literally sits within a volcanic crater and at Waiotapu Thermal Park you
can see the collapsed craters, mud pools and hot springs that illuminate colours
of green, blue and orange.
Rotorua's craziest attraction is its
geothermal activity. The town literally sits within a volcanic crater and
at Waiotapu Thermal Park you can experience bubbling mud pools, collapsed
craters & steaming hot springs that illuminate colours of green, blue and
orange. Walking around Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland felt like life after
As I first entered the park I was
absolutely blown away by the natural colours: red rocks, yellow sulphur caves,
orange and blue pools of steaming water and a bright, green luminous lake - it
The Champagne Pool is the most popular
of the park's attractions. The pool is 65m round and reaches 74 degrees. The
reason for its popularity is the vivid blue and orange waters - fantastic photo
Lake Ngakoro is at the very end of the
park and can only be seen on the 75 minute walk. The lake is a dark green and
was formed from a volcanic eruption over 700 years ago.
Devil's Bath is a sight I have ever yet
to experience - or think to exist. The crater is filled with bright green or
yellow (depending on the weather) water. This is the last attraction on the
walking trail and can be viewed on all 3 hike options.
Throughout the walk you will be blown
away by bubbling mud pools, geysers, large sulphur mounds, the bright blue
oyster pool & an abundance of volcanic activity, colour and steam.
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland offers 3
different walking tracks (I recommend the longest walk which takes about 75
minutes and you have plenty of time to complete the walk before the bus leaves
back to Rotorua).
Head First Travel provide guided tours
to the park daily with a stop at the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. The geyser
erupts every day between 10:15 - 10:30am and can reach heights of up to 20m.
This is a sight not to be missed.
Any visit to Rotorua should include
this natural wonder. Have a chat to the staff at Base Backpackers Rotorua who
will able to organise your tour.
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