|What color would you like your water today?|
Around Rotorua we went to visit the thermal park of Wai-O-Tapu. It's a pretty neat park where we got to see many different manifestations of the underlying volcanic activity. If the smell wasn't really my favorite, the many colors of the rock and the water were definitely a highlight!
The names of the places were also pretty awesome. Champagne Pool was definitely wonderful to see with all its different colors, and it has a cute name, but then what about Devil's Cave, Sulphur Mounds or Inferno Crater (to be pronounced inFEEEEEERno crAAAAtEEEEUUURR!!). We had this game with Denise where she would ask "but what is next honey?" and I would try to come with my best boxing announcer voice.
|Devil's bath and its neon green color|
Here are some examples of our favorites places.
|Artist's palette with Champagne pool in the background|
|Details of Champagne pool|
Also part of the park is the Lady Knox geyser. It goes off at exactly 10:15 every day. Before getting there I was pretty amazed at the fact that the geyser was so regular that it would explode at the same time every day (I even started wondering about the daylight savings time). We got a little disappointed then when we realized that the park rangers trigger the geyser manually, by dropping a bar of soap in it. (I'll spare you the physics of how that works, mostly because I don't really remember them myself...) It works like a charm though. 2 minutes after the soap is in, 'boom' goes the geyser, and 'snap' goes the tourist's camera.
Last but not least were the bubbling mud pools. Imagine pools full of mud, and it's bubbling!!! It's pretty crazy how much bubbling goes on, and watching the bubbles explode is definitely a fascinating activity (I'm serious here).
|Denise "chilling out"|
South of Taupo we went back to the Tongariro national park. I say "back" because we went there 5 years ago and did a fantastic day hike then, the Tongariro crossing, which is still our all time favorite hike. As we were on our way to Wellington and didn't have much time, we did a small hike to a couple of nearby waterfalls. It was a great walk with beautiful views, including the famous Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings (actually called Mt Ngauruhoe).
|Climbing Mt Doom|
|The most awesome sign of New Zealand, on our way to Wellington!|
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