Wai-O-Tapu is on a definitively must-see list while in New Zealand. It is a place where you may really enjoy, what nature is capable of and make many colourful photos. A great experience. But enjoying-nature experience is somewhat different there. Wai-O-Tapu is a thermal reservation full of colourful mud and boiling water pots and lakes. There is vapour all around you. And you are never sure, whether it is just boiling waters over some sediment or toxic fumes.
The absolute highlight is a lake called the ‘Champagne pool’ seducing you with its candy-like colours and bubbles. Many bubbles. One moment you feel like a child that would like to plunge into it and take a bath. But when you get closer you feel if you stay longer it would intoxicate you. No, you do not feel dizzy at once, but somehow you know it is dangerous. You want to stay and make more colourful photos, you want to get closer and closer to make a better shot, but still you know you need to leave for your own sake.
New Zealand is mostly about enjoying nature. You open your eyes wide to contemplate what you see all around you. And in most places you may take as many deep breaths of clean fresh air as you want. Wai-O-Tapu however, as all things that may intoxicate you, you should try once to understand. Then hit the road. Other wonders of this Earth await you.
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