Wai-O-Tapu. Intoxicating


Traveling New Zealand you may either contemplate great and often breathtaking nature wonders, or live thought some extreme man-made pastime ideas or learn about the country heritage – the Maori culture and  Western culture settlement history. Not including the local dishes, wine and cheeses, of course.

One of those nature wonders you man contemplate is for sure Wai-O-Tapu, the so-called Thermal Wonderland. Wai-O-Tapu is a ring-fenced reservation covered with collapsed craters, boiling pools of mud and water located on the New Zealand Northern Island. You walk a forest and bushes down and up hill (the paths are defined and well-marked) and from time to time you stop at a lake or a crater of not-typical colour from dark mud to candy green or blue. As many of the waters are hot, fumes are sometimes all around you.

The absolute highlight is the Champagne pool with its hot and sparkling deep blue-green water surrounded by orange fossils. Walking the paths of the Wai-O-Tapu you will see it from different perspective. How vicious it is you feel on your way back as you have to pass closely by through fumes that come with its bubbles. Its colours are however that seducing that you are in a desperate need to stay, watch and make photos. Yes, indeed, the champagne pool is toxic in the true word’s meaning.


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The Champagne pool of Wai-O-Tapu


The place is great for making photos. The colours you see on pictures are the colours you see in reality. Wai-O-Tapu is on a definite must see list while in New Zealand. Below some photo impressions made within only two hours of slow walk.


 


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