Mud at Waiotapu
Pool at Waiotapu
Photos of Rotorua
Tours, Attractions and Events in Rotorua
and Accommodation in Rotorua
experienced travelers will know almost every place you visit has
something special. It may be the architecture, an event that raises
it above others, or just great scenery. Sometimes, however, you
come across something really different.
in the case of the Waiotapu (Sacred Waters) Thermal Wonderland in
Rotorua - you get several amazing things
for your dollar.
is some 27 kilometres south of Rotorua in the North Island of New
Zealand. The area is famous for its geothermal activity - geysers,
hot pools, and boiling mud - and you get to see all three at Waiotapu.
you need to get there at about 10am. There is a geyser show at 10.15am
and so you need the extra time to get your ticket and then head
to the Lady Knox Geyser.
the help of a little soap-like ingredient the geyser will froth
and bubble in front of your eyes before whooshing out up to 15 metres
display lasts for between 45 minutes and an hour, but the start-up
is the really fun part so get there if you can. The Lady Knox Geyser
is amazing thing No.1. No.2 is a feast for the eyes and is within
the Waiotapu park proper.
is about half-way around the paths that lead you through some interesting,
though pretty colourless, thermal craters and you come upon it quite
is the Artists Palette
and is a large flat area that has brightly coloured highlights of
orange, greens and yellows. The basin was formed by waters spilling
out from the adjacent (and magnificent) Champagne
thousands of years the mineral-rich overflow has covered the basin
and on a day when the Champagne Pool is particularly steamy it makes
the area look like nothing else on Earth.
can walk across the Artists Palette via a wooden walkway and then
see The Champagne Pool. This is amazing thing No.3 as it is the
largest spring in the district - some 65 metres across and 62 metres
gets its name because the 74 degree Celcius waters within it bubble
like my favourite drop of methode champenoise. These bubbles are
carbon dioxide. Within the bright orange rim of the pool are things
like silver, gold, mercury and arsenic. Take your time here as it
really is a visual delight.
stop The Primrose Terrace, which is New Zealand's largest sinter
shelf. Sinter is the build-up of minerals from the springs that
solidify to form the terraces.
you do decide to move on you have a choice - going onwards for another
couple of kilometres and catching sulphur mounds and impressive
waterfalls, or heading back towards the café and seeing amazing
is the Devil's Bath, a crater
pool filled with the most vividly-coloured bright green water. On
your way to Waiotapu you will have seen signs pointing to mud
pools and after you've been through the park's thermal area
you should stop and have a look at these remarkable sights.
mud is boiling and looks something like dirty brown porridge boiling
on the stove. The heat sends splatters
of mud up into the air - sometimes it seems like a table-sized
area just explodes out of the steaming water - and it is the perfect
opportunity to get some interesting photos.
your shutter opening to capture the spouting mud is not easy!
Waiotapu is an excellent half-day trip and a must see for anyone