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Hiking Waimangu’s Volcanic Valley

After Wai-O-Tapu, I travelled to Waimangu Volcanic Valley, fourteen kilometres south of Rotorua. I walked four kilometres to the jetty, down the slope past volcanic craters which blew out over a century earlier.

Passing toetoe grass, tea trees and black fern trees along with hot stream, fumes rose like mist, from obscure cracks in the path, from lakes and pools. The crater-lake reflected sparkling ripples before swallowed by another rush of steam. Continue reading Hiking Waimangu’s Volcanic Valley

New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu thermal region

Wai-O-Tapu lay twenty-seven kilometres south of Rotorua. This active thermal region had awesome trails through craters, falls, geysers and streams. Not only was it amazing to see steam rising off the water or through cracks and holes in the earth, but also to see the different colours the oxides transformed the water into: iridescent milky greens; bright orange; pitch black. Continue reading New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu thermal region