Another item that was on my bucket but didn’t get to tick off last time I was in New Zealand was visiting the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
I had previously seen pictures of the park and was left mesmerised by the colourful pools present in the scenic reserve, subsequently, I wasted no time making sure I paid the park a visit this time round!
Rotorua is well known for it’s rich geothermal activity. As soon as you are in proximity of the town a smell of sulphur lingers in the air (smells like rotten eggs - not the nicest of scents!) and in some areas you can also notice smoke escaping the ground.
The park is outside the town centre and best reached by car. The entry fee for an adult is $32.50 per person, considering this only grants you entrance to the park I personally think the price is a bit steep…but it is worth it nonetheless.
ABOUT THE PARK
The thermal park is part of a scenic reserve and displays volcanic activity on an area covering around 18 sq. km.
Here you will be able to see collapsed craters, boiling pools & steaming fumaroles all covering a system of magma heated streams laying beneath the ground.
The reason the pools are so colourful is because the water is so hot that it absorbs the minerals from the surrounding rocks it runs through.
There are 25 points of interest in the park and three walks which, when combined, make up a track that tours the whole park and is 3km long (It should take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete).
As well as the various thermal activity you will come across some pretty nice native flora, fauna and if you are lucky birds such as the Fantail, the Welcome Swallow and the Pied Stilt. (We saw a Fantail but I wasn't quick enough with my camera!)
I am glad I finally got to visit this place, it is not every day that you get to experience such beautiful natural wonders and the pictures look incredible!
There is also a gift shop and a cafe by the entrance, we stopped there for a hot drink and made the most of the wall sockets to charge our laptops (you have to get resourceful when you travel by camper van!)
I would recommend a visit to this park, especially if you are in the Rotorua area.
Have you girls been or are planning to go? Share your pictures on the Facebook page if you have been before or feel free to ask questions if you would like more information.
Lots of love