Friday, January 1, 2016

5. Day: Champagne Pool

As I was late with the last post - should have been uploaded on the 31st of December, this is the official new years post, so again: Happy New Year!


Unfortunately the weather in the year 2016 has not started very well. The boat trip to the White Island volcano got cancelled due to strong winds and bad water situation, so we still hope to go there on the 3rd of January. Therefore we enjoyed the free day and drove around Rotorua and then to Kuratau. At first we hoped to find a nice cafe in Rotorua for breakfast, but after walking around for an hour and walking from one closed cafe to the orther, we ended up at Starbucks. So at least the hunger for coffee got stilled.


I thought about doing ZORBing or OGOing, but the price was a bit high and the weather not really good, so we just enjoyed the day and bought food for the next ‘emergency’ dinners – and TimTams of course. :)


In Rotorua is a Maori village having a really long name as you can see in the photo. The name below with the red background is the original Maori name:



After driving around we found another volcanic place called Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters). It has the largest area of surface thermal activity of any hydrothermal system in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is literally covered with collapsed craters, cold and boiling pools of mud, water and steaming fumaroles. Beneath the ground is a system of streams which are heated by magma. The water is up to 300°C and absorbes the minerals out of the rocks. The colours that can be seen in the photos belong to the following elements:

  • Green: Colloidal sulphur / ferrous salts
  • Orange: Antimony
  • Purple: Manganese oxide
  • White: Silica
  • Yellow-primrose: Sulphur
  • Red-brown: Iron oxide
  • Black: Sulphur and carbon

Thanks to the Tourist Guide ;)


The colors in the photos are not enhanced. They are really that bright, especially the yellow one. As we have already been to the Volcanic Valley yesterday, we can compare it with this one, and if you can only visit one, we would recommend the Wai-O-Tapu, because you can get a lot closer to the action and there is more to see. 


Btw., there are quiet a lot of old american Muscle Cars here in the New Zealand. We have already seen Chargers, Mustangs and others.


And last but not least, we have a new travel companion called ‘Mate’.


Travel Route for today:




1 comment:

  1. You'll be sure to teach us how to pronounce Tewhakarewaretangaoteopetauaawahiao...
    Sure love those great colors in the thermal pools...