Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

Be­tween Ro­torua and Taupo lie two iconic geo­ther­mal won­der­lands; Waiotapu and Orakei Korako , both an easy drive from ei­ther city.


Sculp­tured out of vol­canic ac­tiv­ity and thou­sands of years in the mak­ing, Waiotapu is New Zealand’s most colour­ful and di­verse geo­ther­mal at­trac­tion. Wai-O-Tapu means “Sa­cred

Wa­ter” and it is easy to see why. Hot pools range in hues of turquoise blue and rich green to burnt orange and sul­phuric yel­low, mak­ing the steam­ing wa­ters of Waiotapu a daz­zling must­see. Ex­pe­ri­ence unique sin­ter ter­race for­ma­tions clad in pri­mal na­tive bush, spec­tac­u­lar views over mys­te­ri­ous craters, erupt­ing mud pools, as well as world fa­mous at­trac­tions, Cham­pagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser, Artist’s Pal­ette, Prim­rose Ter­race and boil­ing mud pools.

Spread over 18 hectares and just 20 min­utes’ drive south of Ro­torua and 40 min­utes north of Taupo , Waiotapu is one of the­most ex­ten­sive geo­ther­mal sys­tems in New Zealand.

Orakei Korako

Go a lit­tle fur­ther off the beaten track and away from the throngs and you’ll dis­cover Orakei Korako – The Hid­den Val­ley- with its fab­u­lous sil­ica ter­races, be­lieved to be the largest of their kind since the de­struc­tion of the fa­mous Pink and White Ter­races in Mt Tarawera erup­tion in 1886. The jade green Emer­ald Ter­race is the low­est and the three ter­races above it were formed by a huge earth­quake in 131AD. The Golden Fleece is the largest at 40m long and 5m high, cov­ered in a stun­ning white sin­ter coat­ing, its Maori name is Te Ka­pua – The Cloud.

Orakei Korako is New Zealand’s largest geyser field and sits on the edge of Lake Ohakuri, on theWaikato River. A ferry takes you across the lake to this un­touched geo­ther­mal par­adise where you wan­der through na­tive bush with dozens of ac­tive nat­u­ral geysers and boil­ing hot-pools all around you.

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