Walking in New Zealand: Rotorua Volcanic Landscape


newzealand-nov-05-125.jpg  Scattered here and there are steaming pools and bubling volcanic springs. There is a stench of hydrogen sulphide in the air, but your nose rapidly becomes numbed to it.

Rotorua has a lovely group of older buildings in a park like setting

Scattered here and there are steaming pools and bubling volcanic springs. There is a stench of hydrogen sulphide in the air, but your nose rapidly becomes numbed to it.


newzealand-nov-05-126.jpg  The Lady Knox geyser is set off every morning at 10.15, so you need to arrive in time to get your ticket, and then drive the short distance to the geyser.

We were recommended to see the Wai-0-Tapu thermal area

The Lady Knox geyser is set off every morning at 10.15, so you need to arrive in time to get your ticket, and then drive the short distance to the geyser.


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A short talk is followed by the erruption of water


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The thermal area is quite extensive, with well signed paths and routes and explanation boards


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Boiling cauldrons of mud, oil and sulpurous steam


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You must stay on the paths, and keep a close watch on your children


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Coloured pools of clear steaming water can be quite beautiful


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or look like an industrial waste land


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A glimpse of another azure lake through the trees


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A waterfall of solid silica


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And coloured lakes that change each day


newzealand-nov-05-157.jpg  These slurp and burp beside the road.

On your way out, do follow the signs for the mud pools

These slurp and burp beside the road.


newzealand-nov-05-160.jpg  The views from the top are well worth the climb

Rainbow mountain is a steep track past these steaming cliffs to a fire control lookout at the top (not open to the public)

The views from the top are well worth the climb