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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The land around Rotorua, in New Zealand, is home to a highly active geothermal zone. There we can enjoy the beauty of rare phenomena, like geysers, hot springs, incredible pools and other features. They scatter a wide array of colors that emerge from the core of the Earth.

In this article we are going to cover six areas with evocative names, such as the Hidden ValleyHell’s Gate and theCraters of the MoonWai-O-TapuWaimangu and Whakarewarewa complete the tour (please find a map of the route at the end of this post).

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

enchanted pond.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Close up of the shower.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

To get to Orakei Korako (aka The Hidden Valley), you have to cross the river Waikato, whose waters were risen in 1961 to create an artificial lake, drowning two thirds of the geothermal area and some of the world’s largest geysers. Cool.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Colors are formed depending on the mineral composition of the soil.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Waimangu was the name of a geyser that erupted between 1900 and 1904, reaching the (almost) stratospheric height of 460 meters (1,500 feet), the largest ever recorded. It also killed four pioneer tourists, due to a sudden blast.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Waimangu is located near where the Pink and White Terraces, labeled at that time as the Eighth Wonder of the World, were destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption in 1886.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Hey, here we are!

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The temperature at the top of the Champagne Pool is around 75 °C (165 °F).

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The same pool on a different day: different colors and shape.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, next to Rotorua. The Pohutu Geyser can reach up to 30 meters (100 feet) high.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The Hell’s Gate seems rather the door of paradise to me.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The Craters of the Moon, covered with steam, delights its visitors with a smelly atmosphere.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

It doesn’t smell as good as it looks…

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Explosive mud pool.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The hot water algae that live here have adapted to survive temperatures between 35 and 59 °C.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

There was a sign that said “Map of Africa” next to this pool.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The surface of the Frying Pan flat is quite fragile, and a new hole giving off toxic fumes can be created if an imprudent tourist steps on it.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

A closer look highlights the alien appearance of these odd plants.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

You are rewarded with awesome landscapes when driving across the Thermal Explorer Highway.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Actually, Lady Knox goes into action thanks to some manual stimulation, by adding soap. This was discovered in the early twentieth century, when some prisoners used it to wash clothes.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

This time it’s pink.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

We are back in the 21st century to admire the Inferno Crater, in the light of the HDR technique.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

View of the central pools and the Artist’s Palette.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Lady Knox is another of the stars of Wai-O-Tapu.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

More uncommon encounters: it looks like some unwary tourist has already got facehugged by this alien egg.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Baby spring splashing in the Bird’s Nest terrace.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

 

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The sulphuric Devil’s Bath.

 

 

 

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

Sorry to disappoint the many readers who expected, after reading the title, something more like this. Nevertheless, we hope that you enjoyed these other prodigies of nature instead.

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

This place Swimming not recommended.



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