Rotorua / Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
A Bit About Rotorua -
Rotorua - Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe (Maori)
Country: New Zealand
Region: Bay of Plenty
Territorial: authority Rotorua District
Population: Urban 57,800
Settled By Maori: 1350
Elevation: 280m (920ft)
Rotorua is the 10th-most-populous city in New Zealand by population (57,800)
Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand's North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori Culture. Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley, there are bubbling mud pools and the awesome 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a Maoi village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools.
Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide gas, which gives Rotorua a "rotten eggs" smell,
A Bit About WAI -O- TAPU Thermal Wonderland -
Waiotapu (Māori for "sacred waters") is an active geothermal park at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic region, Which is just north of the Reporoa caldera, in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone. It is some 27 kms south of Rotorua. Due to dramatic geothermal movements below the earth, the area has many hot springs noted for their colourful appearance, to the Lady Knox Geyser and Champagne Pool Covering 18sq km with the volcanic dome of Maungakakaramea which means Rainbow mountain, the area is literally covered with collapsed craters, cold and boiling hot pools or mud - We the general public only see a very small percentage of This amazing act of nature. This region is associated with volcanic activity dating back some 160,000 years ago. which is the largest volcanic caldera within the active Taupo volcanic zone. Get set to go WOW - Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wondewrlandoffers some amazing natural wonders that you don't get to see everyday. In my opinion this is the best Thermal Park in the Rotorua Region. So with out a doubt I would recommend this to anyone. The lady Knox Geyser was a little disappointing - seemed more stayed than not, though the presenters pre eruption speech was indeed informative about the park and Geyser. It is situated a short drive from the entrance to the park, so you will have to arrive at the ticketing and then drive 5 minutes to the Lady Knox Geyser... Bring your camera and your WOW - the park is well sign posted and its best to follow the map or signs provided on the directional arrow so you can complete the three colour coded walks -
Which range from -
Walk 1 Red - 30mins 1.5km
Walk 1 & 2 Red & Orange 40mins 2km
Walk 1,2 & 3 Red, Orange & Yellow 75mins 3km
If you are like me be prepared to spend atlas 2/ 3 hours there...
Wai-o-Tapu is a self guided tour with a well explained map and signage or you can do this with a external tour operator and they might present a guide with knowledge. You can also ask the staff if you have any questions about the the nature of the Thermal Park. The park has a cafe and the mud pools are a short drive down the road -
The range of colours in the Rotorua area are all natural and are due to different mineral elements - the main ones being.
Green - Colloidal Sulphur / Ferrous Salts
Orange - Antimony
Purple - Manganese oxide
White - Silica
Yellow/ Primrose - Sulphur
Red/ Brown - Iron Oxide
Black - Sulphur and Carbon
Yours In Adventure
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