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"Those who follow the part of themselves which is great are great men; those who follow the part which is little are little men." -- Mencius

342--New Zealand: Sacred Waters of a Thermal Wonderland
@ CherieSpotting     Feb 04 2006 - 12:17 PST
cherie writes: The sacred waters of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland have enchanted the Mauri people for centuries. Nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Wai-O-Tapu is home to collapsed craters, swirling ink pots, bubbling champagne lakes, gurgling mud pools, erupting geyers, volcanic waterfalls, and crystallized sulphuric caves.

Colin, Sarah, Crystal and I spent the day letting the shocking colors of New Zealand's thermal wonderland dazzle our senses. For more info click on Thermal Wonderland

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Cherie near the Champagne pool of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. *Photo by Sarah.

Cherie near the Champagne pool of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. *Photo by Sarah.

Cherie, Sarah and Crystal.

Cherie, Sarah and Crystal.

Vibrant colors.

Vibrant colors.

Cherie exploring the thermal wonderland.

Cherie exploring the thermal wonderland.

The yellow earth beneath our feet.

The yellow earth beneath our feet.

Sometimes when you are lost, nature points the way.

Sometimes when you are lost, nature points the way.

Sarah and Crystal.

Sarah and Crystal.

Cherie by the greenish yellow water of the Devil's Bath.

Cherie by the greenish yellow water of the Devil's Bath.

It's so beautiful, you just want to dive in.

It's so beautiful, you just want to dive in.

Go for it Crystal!

Go for it Crystal!

The green color is caused by the sulphur and ferrous salts mixing in the water.

The green color is caused by the sulphur and ferrous salts mixing in the water.

It looks like some kid painted the colors beautifully wrong in this picture.

It looks like some kid painted the colors beautifully wrong in this picture.

Cherie, Crystal and Sarah.

Cherie, Crystal and Sarah.

The hypnotic colors of nature.

The hypnotic colors of nature.

Don't fall in!

Don't fall in!

Creamy green pool.

Creamy green pool.

What landed on my nose?

What landed on my nose?

Every lake Taupo Volcanic Zone seems to be a different color.

Every lake Taupo Volcanic Zone seems to be a different color.

It's not spilled paint.  It's nature at her most vibrant.

It's not spilled paint. It's nature at her most vibrant.

Crystal checks the tempurature of the bath-like water.

Crystal checks the tempurature of the bath-like water.

Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is where the blue sky meets green water.

Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is where the blue sky meets green water.

Your hands sink right into the soft earth.

Your hands sink right into the soft earth.

Crystallized sulpher rests undisturbed in this cave.

Crystallized sulpher rests undisturbed in this cave.

Searing sulphur gasses have cooled to form these brillant yellow crystals.

Searing sulphur gasses have cooled to form these brillant yellow crystals.

There goes the geyser!

There goes the geyser!

It looks fake, but it's a real geyser.

It looks fake, but it's a real geyser.

Cherie, Colin, Crystal and Sarah at Wai-O-Tapu's famous geyser.

Cherie, Colin, Crystal and Sarah at Wai-O-Tapu's famous geyser.

The geyser keeps shooting out water and steam for over an hour.

The geyser keeps shooting out water and steam for over an hour.

Look at the geyser release its force.

Look at the geyser release its force.

I'm getting wet!

I'm getting wet!

Colin made a stinky.

Colin made a stinky.

Crystal's head is about to blow.

Crystal's head is about to blow.

It's the perfect place for Sarah to wash her hair.

It's the perfect place for Sarah to wash her hair.

The other tourists have left...bored by the geyser after a few photographs.

The other tourists have left...bored by the geyser after a few photographs.

This geyser erupts daily.

This geyser erupts daily.

A bubbling mud pit.

A bubbling mud pit.

The mud belches and boils. *Photo by Sarah.

The mud belches and boils. *Photo by Sarah.

Splat!

Splat!

Watch out for hot flying mud!

Watch out for hot flying mud!

Cherie near a cave. *Photo by Sarah.

Cherie near a cave. *Photo by Sarah.

Sarah by the Champagne Pool.

Sarah by the Champagne Pool.

Orange earthly beauty.

Orange earthly beauty.

The art of nature.

The art of nature.

The swirling colors of a volcanic stream.

The swirling colors of a volcanic stream.

Fuzzy orange twigs.  (The orange is antimony.)

Fuzzy orange twigs. (The orange is antimony.)

Little bird.

Little bird.

Thw green water of Lake Ngakoro Waterfall.

Thw green water of Lake Ngakoro Waterfall.

Sarah smiles.

Sarah smiles.

Lake Ngakoro was formed after a volcano erupted 700-years ago.

Lake Ngakoro was formed after a volcano erupted 700-years ago.

Cherie and Sarah.

Cherie and Sarah.

A glowing pool.

A glowing pool.

The colors of the earth never cease to surprise.

The colors of the earth never cease to surprise.

Crystal and Sarah.

Crystal and Sarah.

Nature's designs.

Nature's designs.

The birth of leaves. *Photo by Colin.

The birth of leaves. *Photo by Colin.

The cracked volcanic earth. *Photo by Colin.

The cracked volcanic earth. *Photo by Colin.

I'm ok, as long as the bug stays there. *Photo by Colin.

I'm ok, as long as the bug stays there. *Photo by Colin.

The creepy bug examine's Colin's tattoo.

The creepy bug examine's Colin's tattoo.

Where should we explore next?

Where should we explore next?

Rivers of green.

Rivers of green.

Sarah at the Devil's home.

Sarah at the Devil's home.

Funky steamy swirls.

Funky steamy swirls.

Nature's designs.

Nature's designs.

If you fall in here, your name is mud.

If you fall in here, your name is mud.

Green and orange.

Green and orange.

The earth's curve.

The earth's curve.