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Bubbles Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink at the Champagne Pool of Wai-O-Tapu

September 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

If there’s one thing that New Zealand has to offer, it's stuff you just won’t see anywhere else. With the country’s location along the Ring of Fire there’s a clear sense in the scenery that the place is constantly moving and shaking. One particular example where you can see it all—in full tourist convenience—is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Situated on the North Island kind of between Taupo and Rotorua sits just one of the area’s many hotspots for under the ground activity. The place promises the opportunity to check out one of the most extensive geothermal systems in the country, and after checking it out ourselves we have to agree.

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.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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