The smell of sulphur is in the air..
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland really leaves you speechless – it’s like walking through another world. Wai-O-Tapu is New Zealand’s most colorful and unique geothermal area, sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.
It really is a wonderland. A geothermal wonderland which covers 18 square Kilometers and invites all kind of travelers to explore Devil’s bath, the champagne pools, the craters, and other magical, colorful sights.
Champagne Pool is one of the many famous geothermal feature within the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area. The terrestrial hot spring got the name Champagne Pool because of the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide, similar to a glass of bubbling champagne. The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, which makes it in geological terms a relatively young system. Its crater is filled with an estimated volume of 50,000 m3 of geothermal fluid. You better do not take a swim.
Let’s take a Mud Bath! Well better not, since this are the Mud Pools close to Wai-O-Tapu. It’s the largest mud pool in New Zealand and originally the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920s.
We once again walked in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty through (according to TripAdvisor) one of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World.
By the way.. Waiotapu is Maori and means „sacred waters“.