View of Lake Rotorua.
A public park in Rotorua, with steam coming from
the ground due to volcanic activity.
Same park, lots of steam. Smelly.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Highly recommended.
The steam is most impressive in the morning when
the air is still cold.
Tinges of yellow from sulphur.
The Artists' Palette, including many more
colours than are visible in the photo. British
friend Helen in the foreground. (Helen, if you
read this, contact me---I owe you a roll of film!)
A dew covered spider web in Wai-O-Tapu.
Deposits of sulphur.
That guy just dumped some soap shavings into
And this is the result. (The soap releases
the surface tension; the geyser would erupt naturally about
once every day and a half.)
It goes on for several minutes.
We next head down to the little trail visible
at the bottom of the image.
The spectacular colours didn't show up in the
photo for some reason.
Here there are hints of green and orange, but
it still doesn't compare to what it actually looked like.
The Champagne Pool was one of the highlights
of Wai-O-Tapu. It's a 60 m wide and 60 m deep spring,
filled with carbon dioxide bubbles. The colours are
produced by gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic,
thallium, antimony and other minerals.
A bubbling mud pit beside the parking lot.
Another shot of the pit.
A waterfall near the Buried Village.
A small cave at the base of another waterfall.
More running water.
Lake Taupo with a rainbow.
Crossing upstream from the falls, looking downstream.
Close-up of the falls.
Another thermal area.
Preparing to go caving, near Waitomo.
Rapelling into the glow worm cave.
Tubing and kayaking downstream.
The end of the caving trip.
Morning view of Mt. Ngauruhoe, an active volcano, from the hostel. Mt. Tongariro is to the left.
The trailhead, near Mangatepopo Hut, in Tongariro
Me with John and Paul, two locals who hiked part
of the way with me.
South Crater, which is something like a kilometer
in diameter. Very windy that day.
Closer look at Ngauruhoe. It is much larger
than it looks.
Looking back the way I came, towards a volcano
poking about the clouds.
Strange rock formations in a nearby valley.
First of a series of three, from left to right.
This shows two craters, one at eye level and one below.
Second of a series of three. Another crater,
with a lake in it.
Third of a series of three. Emerald Lakes,
and Red Crater to the right.
Mt. Ruapehu (I think) at sunset.
Blurry photo of Tongariro and Ngauruhoe at sunset. Beautiful sky.
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