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Wai O Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

There’s a lot going on under the surface in New Zealand, and one of the island’s geothermal hotspots (in more ways than one) is Rotorua. Outside the city, Wai-O-Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is billed as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet. Walking routes around the park take you past bubbling mud, sulphur waterfalls, steaming vents and lakes in neon oranges, yellows and greens, given their colour by mineral deposits. Some of the highlights are the Champagne Pool, where tiny bubbles make it look like a huge lake of bubbly, and the Lady Knox Geyser. Though you need to time your visit well to watch her erupt – she only goes off once a day, at 10.15am, shooting out boiling water 20 metres into the air.

Steaming lake at Wai O Tapu
Champagne pools at Wai O Tapu
Wai O Tapu lake
Geyser at Wai O Tapu

The details

Wai-O-Tapu is about a 20-minute drive from Rotorua. It’s open from 8.30am until 5pm from April–October and 6pm from November–March. Entry costs $32.50 NZD for adults and $11 for children aged 5–11.

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  • Reply
    Anita Mac
    July 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Awesome shots. That colour is amazing.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      It was a really strange place – hard to believe it all came about naturally.

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      develitestars
      July 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

      ya . . .its . . .really . . .amazing . . .

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    Andrew Petcher
    July 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Lovely pictures – they remind me of Iceland!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Yes there’s definitely similarities to the landscape in Iceland – though it was a bit warmer, the only time I’ve been to Iceland was one November and it was freezing!

  • Reply
    Karen Johnson
    July 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Great shots!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, it was a great subject to photograph with all the strange colours.

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    UrbanBilingual
    July 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Looks like another planet… beautiful and scary!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      It does! You really get a feel for how much is going on under the surface in New Zealand.

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    staceym
    July 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It looks so beautiful, strange how predictable the eruption is.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I just looked it up and apparently it’s ‘induced’ to erupt every day by putting soap in it – I feel a bit cheated now!

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        staceym
        July 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        I suppose it has to be reliable for the tourists. Not quite sure I approve!

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      David
      July 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Hi – I *THINK* it is mostly because they need to relieve the underground pressure in a controlled mini-eruption each day rather than run the risk of a uncontrolled ‘event’ that could be dangerous. Of course – can’t hurt as a tourist attraction either. 😉

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Didn’t think of that but it does make sense, I might let them off then!

  • Reply
    2 Rivers Photos
    July 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I thought it was Yellowstone National Park… nice to know there are other places in the world like that too!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I really want to visit Yellowstone – it looks so amazing in photos. I’ve got a US trip planned for next spring so will have to try and fit it in.

  • Reply
    fashionheaven04
    July 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Once again unbeliable!! Great looks and nice pictures! Perfect!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, it’s worth a visit if you are ever in New Zealand!

  • Reply
    Sinead
    July 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Incredible pics, it really does look like another planet. I have a friend who just moved to New Zealand, I may tell him to check this out!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks, what you can’t see from the photos was the heat and the sulphur smells too which made it seem even more alien!

  • Reply
    Minnie
    July 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Gorgeous pix, Lucy. I had relatives who lived near these springs, always wanted to visit but that’s now out of the question – so your photographs and descriptions are the next best thing: thank you!
    My home used to be in the next county to your home one … Small world! Hope you continue to thrive on exploring it.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Nice to meet someone from my part of the world! I really loved New Zealand – and what a great place for your relatives to live in – but it’s still always nice to be home too.

  • Reply
    Remaja
    July 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Nice Article

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    Imaginarium of Pau
    July 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Interesting post! Never knew a place like this exists. There are really lots of interesting facts and places in this place where we live in. I find it really awesome. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      There are so many amazing places to see in this world, glad to introduce you to a new one!

  • Reply
    dogheartbone
    July 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    These pictures are scarily amazing.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks, it was quite an unbelievable looking place.

  • Reply
    Justine Steventon (@juicyjuss)
    July 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Love this blog Luce – I visited the park about 6 years ago now and it bought back some great memories, New Zealand is a place that makes you really feel alive !

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Justine, it certainly does – the scenery down there is out of this world.

  • Reply
    FNB
    July 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Brings back some great memories of my trips to NZ, it’s such a majestic place full of amazing colour and beauty. Great pics.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Glad to bring back some memories – I’ve been enjoying revisiting my trip on the site, though is making me want to go back again.

  • Reply
    Mikalee Byerman
    July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Way cool — Mother Nature can be quite unpredictable, huh? 😉

  • Reply
    ChangeTheWorld
    July 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful shots! New Zealand is definitely on my bucket list.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      It’s so worth a visit – hope you make it out there someday.

  • Reply
    EricaFrances
    July 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Beautiful! Have you seen the pink lake in Senegal?

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      I saw a photo of it recently for the first time, an amazing sight, the colours there are even more unreal-looking!

  • Reply
    SAKEE
    July 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Realy great colors.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks, you have some really beautiful photos, I look forward to checking them out.

  • Reply
    kaja
    July 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    how lovely! i have been there, too, and i was amazed at how sureal everything looked, despite its realness! great shots, make me want to go back! how long are you staying in new zealand?

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      It is such a surreal place. I’m home now but had six weeks travelling around New Zealand – long enough to see a lot but not everything so there’ll have to be a return visit one day!

  • Reply
    segmation
    July 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    Awesome digital pictures! Can’t wait to see your shots when you return to New Zealand! What do you think? Love your blog!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Hi, I would love to go back to New Zealand some day – the travel wish list is so long though it’s hard to fit everything in!

  • Reply
    Elena
    July 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    wow! these are gorgeous and very unique

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks, it was such an unusual place, so different to the green landscape you imagine for New Zealand.

  • Reply
    fireandair
    July 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    So cool — looks like some of the places in Yosemite …

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      So I hear, I am going to be in the States next spring so hope to make it to Yosemite then.

  • Reply
    Sarah Doyle
    July 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    This is what I love about these blogs: getting to see things I otherwise wouldn’t even know exist! Thank you for these wonderful photos!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, glad to introduce you to this part of the world!

  • Reply
    Dounia
    July 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Amazing landscape, it really does look like another planet! Great shots – thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, it’s been a busy day! So glad to see so many new visitors and find all these new sites to check out.

  • Reply
    iff28
    July 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Awesome!!

  • Reply
    Constance V. Walden
    July 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Great photos. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  • Reply
    Klangspektrum
    July 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Yes, interesting impressions.

  • Reply
    Richard McCargar
    July 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Cool photos, and congrats on being freshly pressed.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks, it’s been great to share it with so many people!

  • Reply
    Lizpawleyphotography.co.uk
    July 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Very nice! I’m visiting New Zealand in November, and spotting this on Freshly pressed made me have a quick look!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Hope you have a great trip – for a photographer it really is a dream destination, make sure you take a lot of memory cards!

  • Reply
    The Vagabond Baker
    July 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Yay, A freshly pressed that made me happy! Love Wai-O-Tapu. Amazing stuff 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, it’s a great place. Love your site by the way, I’ve just been drooling over some of the those cupcake photos!

      • Reply
        The Vagabond Baker
        July 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        wonderful! We spent 6 months living in NZ, Wai-O-Tapu was a top of the list place 🙂

  • Reply
    EDGYMIX (@EDGYMIX)
    July 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    OMG…you have 2 photos so similar to the photo on my blog!!! I swear I didn’t steal yours!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! Well, we all went to NZ!!!

    Cheers

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Haha, I’m sure you didn’t! It’s a pretty iconic NZ sight, I remember seeing some photos before I went out there and thinking ‘I have got to see that’.

  • Reply
    Nisha
    July 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wow! what a lovely place and what remarkable shots!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Thanks, it’s a great place to photograph – so much going on.

  • Reply
    roo365
    July 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Lucy. I travelled around NZ for the Rugby World Cup in September last year & took a visit to Wai-O-Tapu. It was amazing to see what nature can do. NZ is such a diverse place, I loved it, and dream every day of returning.
    Your pics are really cool, shows it off very well!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Hi, glad you enjoyed New Zealand – it really is so diverse, with such a mix of landscapes in a relatively small area. I’d love to go back sometime too.

  • Reply
    finola
    July 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Ah, I only got to see Rotorua itself – no car to go exploring and just a quick whizz through the place – but even the town itself had some pretty spectacular sights. After these pics, I think I’ll have to go back!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      I think I spent most of my time in Rotorua town in the hot springs, that geothermal energy comes in very useful!

  • Reply
    diaryofdennis
    July 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    First I thought this is from another Planet 🙂 Nice Photos!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

      It is like you’d imagine being on Mars or somewhere to be – would make a great film set!

    • Reply
      diaryofdennis
      July 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

      You´re right 🙂

  • Reply
    redpoola
    July 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

    seeing the photos makes me miss NZ more… i was just there for like 2 months and man, there are indeed lots of sheeps and horses compared to the human population 🙂 …

    Wicked photos you got there.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks, going through all my photos of the trip makes me want to go back too.

  • Reply
    Donkey Whisperer Farm
    July 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    One more place to add to the bucket list of vacations.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      It’s always a long list, isn’t it? There are so many places I still want to see.

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    samokan
    July 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Beautiful. Reminds me of the Seven Hells of Beppu, Japan. Will definitely add this to my travel wish list.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I only had a couple of days in Japan and would like to go back someday, and will definitely check that place out.

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        samokan
        July 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        Yes its worth a visit. They also have a mud onsen(hot spring) there. Not to hot so people can actually go in and enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply
    lizabethlacey
    July 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Great post- I also loved our visit there. Congrats on being Freshly pressed!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you. Love your photos too, that one green pool looks almost fluorescent!

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    h0tchocolate
    July 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Great photos! In Indonesia there’s also a place like that. Named ‘Kawah Putih’ or White Crater in Ciwidey, West Java. Perhaps one day you can visit there 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I’ve not been to Java yet but will definitely look that up when I do, thanks for the tip.

  • Reply
    darwinsinaga
    July 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

    it’s really amazing… bagak hian puang

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    nohunt
    July 11, 2012 at 2:32 am

    warm!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Very – the water in the Champagne Pool is apparently about 73°C!

  • Reply
    wedgeintheround
    July 11, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Awesome shots, Lucy! Fascinating!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks, it’s been great to introduce more people to this great bit of the world!

  • Reply
    angelfashion01
    July 11, 2012 at 4:02 am

    What great pics – looks like a dream trip – i love your outfits as always

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I had a fantastic trip thanks – more New Zealand posts to come too!

  • Reply
    celastrina
    July 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Great photos – I live in New Zealand, and I think you did a great job of capturing the atmosphere 🙂 How’d you go with the smell? 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks, the smell wasn’t quite as bad as I expected, you did get a few wafts of sulphury steam though which wasn’t the nicest!

  • Reply
    storyofalittleboy
    July 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I live in Adelaide and have been meaning to go to New Zealand so many times. The images might just be the push.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      It really it worth a visit – though I’ve got so much of Europe to see and keep travelling further afield, it’s easy to put off seeing things that are nearby (well nearby in terms of Australian scales of distance anyway!).

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    K Vijay Anand
    July 11, 2012 at 6:32 am

    you are very lucky to see the beauty of nature 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks, places like this do make you realise how amazing nature is.

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    funnyphuppo
    July 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Oh, now I really want to visit this place. New Zealand uses Geothermal energy quite effectively, doesn’t it. Is there a power plant near this place?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Yes I think the area around Rotorua and Taupo uses geothermal power a lot. I’ve been to Iceland too and they make a really good use of it there too.

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    fashiontimes08
    July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    so amazing!

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    Áine Warren
    July 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful photos. I was in Rotorua when I was a child, but I don’t think we were at Wai O Tapu. These pictures really make me want to go back with a camera!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I’d seen a photo of it when I was researching my NZ trip and knew I had to go and see it – hope you make it back some day.

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    HeWritesOnePageADay
    July 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Amazing stuff. It must’ve been such a trill to see nature at its greatest. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks, I love to visit places like this – I did a geography degree and it really brings what I studied to life.

  • Reply
    Matthew Wright
    July 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    When I was a kid we used to go on family holidays to Rotorua – it’s about 150 miles from where I was brought up, in New Zealand. Always a special place for the thermal springs, but we never got to Waiotapu. I recall many others, though – some wonderful childhood memories. I was last in Rotorua about five or six years ago, briefly. I don’t know whether it’s simply the memories of youth, but it’s become very big and commercialised by comparison with what I remember.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      What a great part of the world to come from! Rotorua is pretty busy now, it’s gotten more famous and is very much on the tourist trail. It’s still a good place to visit but I imagine you’d find it’s changed a lot.

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    SongOf Creation
    July 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    The earth is always able to surprise us!! This is both beautiful and strange, absolutly awsome!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Very true! It’s amazing to think about what’s going on in the ground underneath our feet!

  • Reply
    Katie Raspberry
    July 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    You captured some interesting photos. I really do enjoy them.

    Katie

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    kamafitness
    July 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The colours are awesome!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, they almost don’t look real do they? (no Photoshopping though, honest!)

  • Reply
    thebigbookofdating
    July 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Amazing photos (:

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    35andupcynicismonhold
    July 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    what color, what richness! lovely, thanks for sharing… 😉

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      The colours were so unusual, I couldn’t resist taking stacks of photos!

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        35andupcynicismonhold
        July 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        yes, must be a case of nature doing what it knows best – to bring life while creating beauty… cheers to us! 😉

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    nokitchensink
    July 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! I did the Tongariro day walk last year and was blown away with the Emerald Lakes and Ngauruhoe Mountain, but this one, aah…this is even more amazing! The next time I’m in New Zealand, Rotorua will be my first stop! Thanks for sharing the pics!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      That’s a really great hike too – the whole landscape in that part of New Zealand is spectacular.

  • Reply
    Clàudia
    July 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Amazing place and shoots!!

  • Reply
    Madhu
    July 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing shots Lucy! So surreal and otherworldly!

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    mamalaomaui
    July 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I was there five years ago and found it fascinating too! I hope you had a chance to sit in some of the hot springs while you were there, that was a nice treat 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I did spend an afternoon in the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, so relaxing soaking in the warm water in the sun!

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    Casey
    July 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Great photos! So otherworldly – it must be something that’s quite amazing to see.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Otherworldly is definitely right, it’s such a change from the landscapes here in the UK.

  • Reply
    Browsing the Atlas
    July 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love the colors in these pictures. I hope I get the chance to visit this in person someday.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, the colours are even more striking in person, hope you do get to make the trip one day.

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    backpackerina
    July 12, 2012 at 1:25 am

    It does look like another planet! New Zealand seems so beautiful, I can’t wait to visit it one day, thanks for sharing :)!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

      It really is a beautiful country with so much to see out there.

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    Astrid | Pohutukawa PhotoGraphic
    July 12, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Nice photos, great study of the colours & weirdness of the pools.

    Great to see this on Freshly Pressed, and to see so many comments from people saying they had no idea we had this kind of landscape in NZ – for a tiny country we’ve got an astonishing variety of beautiful landscape. Don’t take my word for it though, come and see for yourselves 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

      That’s so true, New Zealand certainly packs an amazing range of different landscapes into a small area and I’m really glad to introduce this one to a few more people – hope to come back one day and see some more of the country.

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    accountkeepingplus
    July 12, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I really enjoyed my visit to Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu over 10 years ago – your post has made me want to go again – congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”. – Pam @ AKP

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thanks – glad to bring back some good memories for you.

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    bentchilliphotography
    July 12, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Awesome shots!

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    cartoonmick
    July 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Thanks Lucy. Great colours.

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    theadventuresofadr
    July 12, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I miss New Zealand so much. Did you try the luge there too?

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      I did! It was great fun and the views were fantastic too.

  • Reply
    Sum
    July 12, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I want to go there! I’ve been to Auckland once and I always wanna go back!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

      There’s so much to see in New Zealand it’s definitely worth another visit.

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    A Mom's Reviews
    July 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I went to Rotorua a few years ago, and I’ll never forget the smell! It took me ages to get the stench out of my clothes when I got home. The first time I washed them and put them in the dryer, the dryer seemed to amplify the smell and spread it around the whole house. i ended up having to get my mom to send over some scented dryer sheets from the U.S. which finally fixed that awful sulfur smell. Awesome pics by the way.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      It is pretty pungent, especially when the wind blows the wrong way and you get the full head-on steamy sulphur smell! Luckily I managed to get the smell out ok though as wouldn’t want it hanging around!

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    140characterchristian
    July 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Great pictures. Brings back memories of our visit there.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks – and glad to bring back some good memories!

  • Reply
    ishg
    July 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I want to kick myself for not booking a trip to NZ yet! :p Can’t wait to dive into the rugged outdoors!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

      If you like the outdoors and adventure then sure you’ll love it!

  • Reply
    Rachael
    July 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    A lovely trip down memory lane. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Thanks, I’ve been enjoying reliving my NZ trip, a couple more posts to come too!

  • Reply
    writingforeverwherever
    July 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Amaaaaaaazing pictures.

  • Reply
    rinceagusgra
    July 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Your photos are so beautiful and surreal! I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand. I think this just confirmed that.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thanks, and I hope you manage to make that trip to New Zealand!

  • Reply
    Red Toenails
    July 13, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Love it. Vibrant and beautiful.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I just loved the colours here, glad you did too!

  • Reply
    Karen B. Jones
    July 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Looks like Yellowstone. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

      So I hear – makes me even more keen to visit there now!

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    Gerard
    July 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Very interesting! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Gerard, glad to share this part of the world.

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    ratchet7764
    July 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Wow! So cool! These shots remind me of Yellowstone National Park. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the next post!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

      I would love to visit Yellowstone National Park – I love these sort of landscapes and it looks spectacular.

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    marinachetner
    July 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

    lovely shots as usual! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Marina, it was a hectic day but great to be introduced to so many new blogs!

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    geoliterate
    July 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

    It is incredible the places that some lucky ducks get to go to. Especially when they tickle ones geologic fancy! These are beautiful pics, and evidence of our humble beginnings. One theory of life’s origins were that they started in a pool like this – all minerals and chemical reactions, and that electricity (ie. lightning) catalysed the building of amino acids – the foundations of life. To this day, there are extremophiles which live in these pools – bacteria which have developed a tolerance to hostile environments (like high temperatures and low pH’s) and flourish therein. Thanks for your photos Lucy! (ontheluce.com)

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for reblogging – and thanks for the geological background, it’s amazing to think how these things came about.

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    GalonTrip
    July 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

    i’ve been to that place long ago and yes, they’re magnificent. as magnificent as your pics!

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    Lara
    July 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I would like to visit this awesome place.

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    restlessjo
    August 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Wow- I arrive here as your 218th “liker” Lucy! And it’s no surprise with great posts like this one.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      August 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thanks’s Jo, this was on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed so I had a bit of a busy day! Back to normality now though!

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        restlessjo
        August 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Double wow Lucy! Well done you. I don’t tend to look at them so often as WordPress opens automatically into Blogs I Follow. Belated congrats!

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    Ben
    August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Wow, what a unique and fascinating place. Love the colours in your photos. The world we live in is so full of beauty.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      August 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      It’s a mad place isn’t it – such a strange landscape it looks like you could be on another planet.

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    shaydaviau
    September 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

    love your blog!! you are so inspiring to other travel bloggers!

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