Rotorua from Wai-o-tapu to Tamaki Village

Day 2

Wai-o-tapu 

After sleeping for 12 hours, no lie, went to sleep at 7pm and woke up at 7am (jet lag is a bitch). I got up and got ready for my geothermal adventure at Wai-o-tapu and I dont think I was prepared for what I was about to see because it blew my mind.

This was an organised tour that the hostel booked for me the night before (they were so good with this). I hopped on a bus with my new friend Carolyn. We stopped at the mud pools first and I felt like I stepped into Jurassic park…

Beware of T-Rex

It was unreal, the bad egg smell was strong, and the bubbling mud was mesmerising. Clearly our noses got used to the smell because that was all we smelled for the rest of the tour. From here we went to check out a geyser eruption

Lady Knox Geyser

This was the first geyser eruption I had ever seen in my life and just to be honest I wasnt completely impressed. They added suds to it to get it going and it started slow and then it picked up. When it reached its max height it was pretty cool but it was a little anti climatic  (maybe Iceland can change this).

Now that was over we headed into the park, it was so amazing. There were so many different colours and so many pools so I just have to show you to prove it…

Neon green lake in Wai-o-tapu

Champagne Pool

The famous Champagne Pool

Beautiful Emerald Green Lake at Wai-o-tapu

It was a beautiful day out, and because it was a bit gloomy, the steam coming off the pools was impressive which made it even cooler!

Tamaki Village

Later that evening I headed out to a Maori cultural show at Tamaki village. I had a lot of time to kill before my midnight bus so this seemed like a great idea.

They put on such a great show. The food was cooked in the ground and it was delicious! After dinner we went for a bush walk where the showed us their fresh water stream. We even saw glo worms and some silver ferns! It was the perfect way to end my day in Rotorua and from here it was time to make my way to Wellington via a midnight overnight bus for 8 hours… thanks again for the $1NZD fare Naked Bus!

 

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