Travel photo: Rotorua thermal pools, North Island

Rotorua Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland

Champagne Pool at Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu is a park of thermal pools just outside Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island. It is home to a number of steaming geothermal pools and bubbling mud pits that were shaped by volcanic activity. The Champagne Pool above is the park’s largest and most spectacular due to its vibrant colours.

Christina Hegele

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  15 comments for “Travel photo: Rotorua thermal pools, North Island

  1. 13 May, 2011 at 22:32

    Really loved the thermal pools in Rotorua, not the rotten egg smell though 🙂

    • Christina
      14 May, 2011 at 01:16

      You got it. When you pass the Champagne Pool (pictured above) you have to walk through the smelly haze… not exactly like walking through a meadow of flowers.

  2. 19 May, 2011 at 13:51

    Places like this are so amazing to me. I’m going to Yellowstone National Park for the first time this June and I’m super excited to see all the pools and geysers.

    • Christina
      19 May, 2011 at 13:53

      Wow, Yellowstone! Have a great time, and I look forward to seeing all your pictures!

  3. 22 May, 2011 at 19:49

    We went to the geysers in Iceland and I loved all the steam…. this reminds me of them. Except the colors here are much richer- more reds.

    • Christina
      25 May, 2011 at 22:24

      Iceland, wow. I’d love to see those geysers one day – when there’s not an ash cloud in the way…

  4. 25 May, 2011 at 12:52

    Wow, beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like this.

    • Christina
      25 May, 2011 at 22:26

      It’s a fantastic place to visit. Wai-o-Tapu is the name of the park and it costs 35 NZD entrance fee, but I am very glad I got to see it. Well worth the money, the park is quite big. It’s not something you see every day.

  5. 25 May, 2011 at 21:59

    That is such a beautiful pic! Love the steam and the bright color. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christina
      25 May, 2011 at 22:28

      Thanks Jack and Jill! All those bubbling mud pits and steam pools have the most fascinating colours!

  6. 28 May, 2011 at 11:12

    This is such a wonderful photograph! It’s amazing how nature will create the most beautiful colors. I hope to visit here one day!!

    • Christina
      30 May, 2011 at 01:21

      Thanks, Claire! I hope you get to visit Rotorua’s geothermal pools soon!

  7. 22 August, 2011 at 08:57

    I saw Wai o Tapu in the sunshine, which I thought was the best way to see the colours, but your photo really captures the feeling of the place wonderfully, even with the clouds. Nice work 🙂

    • Christina
      22 August, 2011 at 09:06

      Thank you, Laurence! I enjoyed the gloomy atmosphere, but I’m sure seeing Wai O Tapu in the sunshine must be spectacular and bring the colours to life even more!

  8. claire
    27 September, 2014 at 11:42

    Can someone tell me if it’s a long walk to the champagne pool bit bcoa we are very short on time. Thanks!

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