The Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu
The earth is powerful; everyone knows about that. It’s core is roughly as hot as the surface of the sun, which is around 5,400 degrees Celsius. But for most of our lives, especially in India, we are not really aware of that power. When we walk along paved city streets and drive our cars through tarred roads, we remain oblivious to the sheer power that is coursing underground. It is fascinating to get a glimpse of this power, and you can experience just that in the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park in New Zealand. ALSO READ: After Sidharth Malhotras campaign, New Zealand tops list of most searched destinations by Indians
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A one-of-a-kind natural wonder in New Zealand and the world, Wai-O-Tapu lies around 260-300 km south of Auckland, which is a three- to four-hour drive depending on the route you take. You also have the option to fly from Aukland to Rotorua Regional Airport, which is a 30-minute drive from the park. Located in the town of Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu is home to four incredible hot springs: Primrose terrace, Artist’s Palette, Champagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser. Also Read - Chappell-Hadlee Series Called Off With Travel Restrictions Implemented
Lady Knox Geyser
The four hot springs are essentially pools of ground water that are heated by geothermal energy. And by heated, we do not mean the kind of mild and refreshing heat that you would find in, say, the hot springs of Kheerganga. The springs here can often get dangerously hot, so it’s best to avoid taking a dip in them. Instead, you could admire the unique chemistry of these geothermal systems that give bright colors to the rims of the pools. Wai-O-Tapu is the result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, with a landscape full of colors you won’t find anywhere else. Also Read - Mitchell Marsh, David Warner Star as Australia Beat New Zealand by 71 Runs in 1st ODI at Empty SCG
The Wai-O-Tapu park has a cafe where you can relax and take rest stops while you explore the landscape. There is also a picnic area to sit back and enjoy the vivid and magical views around you. The geothermal wonder park hosts school groups and other student groups every now and then, with rapt students listening to the unique geology of the place. The four hot springs are the major draw here, as is the Mud Pool, once the site of a massive mud volcano that was leveled by erosion in the 1920s.
Another view of the Champagne Pool
Wai-O-Tapu is Maori for Sacred Waters, and a visit to this park will also bring you closer to the culture of the indigenous Maori group in New Zealand. The Maori people have a colorful and long history here that dates back to the 13th century. The larger town of Rotorua has several places around it where you can see and experience Maori culture up close. There are even tours that you can take in the town. NOW SEE: 10 stunning New Zealand photos captured by Hungarian travel photographer will leave you speechless
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