From plenty of steam rising from the ground to bubbling mud pools this place shows off the seismic science. It might be a little touristy, and judging by the languages spoken while waiting for the Lady Knox Geyser to do her thing—it’s quite the draw.
The place’s champagne pool—shown above—reveals some crazy colors towards the edges due to the mineral deposits in the water bubbling up from the ground below. Sulfur smells greet visitors well in advance, and provide a nice odor as you check out the crazy colored hot and cold pools.
Checking the whole place out takes about a couple of hours, and that assumes you’re doing each and every trail with time to stop for plenty of snapshots. Admission is a little expensive going for NZD $32.50 per person, but we found a coupon or two in one of those “things-to-do” brochures from the hotel.