My sister and i were so excited in looking at how volcanoes look like. We have lots of volcanoes in my country, but definitely not as "kind"as these volcanoes are. Nobody seems to be in a hurry or scared that there will be sudden explosions, everybody enjoy the craters in their own sweet happy time. Wai-o-tapu has been described äs one of the most surreal places in the world. The landscape was sculptured thousands of years ago by geothermal activity where unique volcanic features can be viewed leisurely from well defined tracks. The three walks are from 30 to 75 minutes. We of course chose the longest one, completely enumerating every nooks and cranies!
This is the start of our walk, we intended to follow the red arrow, but eventually we followed all the colors of the arrow. Anyway, our driver gave us more than 1.5 hrs.
the famous Champagne Pool
the central viewing deck looking at the Champagne Pool
or this could be the real Artists' Palette, it is beautifully colored with lots of minerals
A lovely bird walks the seemingly cold rocks, there is also another bird that can walk on hot waters. This could be a male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), thanks to Bettyl-NZ for the ID.
label says Sulphur Cave, hmm, might as well be Devil's cave
a little waterfall is a welcome sight for me, as if it can wash some fumes
A cropped portion of the Champagne Pool. The color depends on the mineral deposits and its chemical reaction with the volcanic water and other ions there producing different lovely colors as they precipitated.
this this already the road on the way back to the gate, where our vehicle is parked
the label at the EXIT ensures that everyone memorize the name of the park