When I finished up in Auckland I took a bus to Rotorua, an area known for its geothermal pools. This area is quite a tourist destination, and for good reason it is fascinating, but now that it is fall and being off season it’s pretty quiet. My hotel, The Princes Gate originally built in the 1890′s, is in the heart of town a block away from the information center where I was able to arrange for buses out to several amazing locations.
On tuesday it rained all day, it was in the low to mid 60′s and wasn’t cold. Knowing my time was limited I headed out to Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) to see the geothermal pools anyways. What a feast for the eyes. With so much volcanic activity the ground is literally belching steam and boiling mud.
This mud is supposed to be incredible for the skin and you see it sold in many shops. The mud is so hot it is boiling out of the ground in bubbles and sometimes big splashes.
The next stop was to see the Lady Knox geyser blow with the help of a little soap powder sprinkled down the hole.
At Wai-O-Tapu the earth and water are colored from mineral deposits and is has so many different colors.
This large crater had warm steam rising off it and had a pretty strong sulpher-y smell. Between the steam fogging up my glasses and the drizzling rain covering them with water droplets, I had to take off my glasses several times because I couldn’t see.
The color was amazing, such vivid turqouise blue and orange ocher, it made my heart go pitter pat.