New Zealand North: The Champagne Pool Of Wai-O-Tapu

By , January 26, 2011 5:00 am
View From Wai-O-Tapu

View From Wai-O-Tapu

One of the things I am most looking forward to in the North Island is an active volcanic area, called Wai-O-Tapu. As we enter the park, it starts to smell like rotten eggs. This can only mean we are approaching the Champagne Pool. While the name sounds quite nice, you probably don’t want to actually sip this water. The carbon dioxide in the water creates the bubbles like in Champagne. The bright palette of colors in the pool is due to the sulfur mineral deposits. I just want to stare at the pool for hours, but the smell is so strong I have to move on.

MuiMui Walking Across Platform

MuiMui Walking Across Platform

The Champagne Pool

The Champagne Pool

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

Great Palette Of Colors

Great Palette Of Colors

The park is pretty large. As we continue walking, the various geothermal landscapes vary from each other significantly. For a moment, I think I see the Incredible Hulk coming out of the neon green pool.

Neon Green Pool

Neon Green Pool

Different Landscapes Within The Park

Different Landscapes Within The Park

Hot Blue Pools

Hot Blue Pools

Pretty But Scorching Hot

Pretty But Scorching Hot

Don't Fall In

Don't Fall In

Yellow Bubbles

Yellow Bubbles

Then I hear something start to bubble out of the mud pool and it’s interesting how the mud splatters. With Boris’ new zoom lens, we can accurately capture it.

Mud Splatter Looks Like A Head Of A Dog

Mud Splatter Looks Like A Head Of A Dog

Love The Zoom Lens

Love The Zoom Lens

Throughout the park, there are various geysers that spew out at different times. The largest of them all is Lady Knox Geyser. As she blows, this fascinates the crowd. I found out later, this is the first geyser Boris has ever seen.

Geyser About To Go Off

Geyser About To Go Off

Lady Knox Geyser

Lady Knox Geyser

There She Blows

There She Blows

Being here just confirms how bad I need to visit Yellowstone National Park when I return to the states.

In our hot blue rental car, we drive to city of Taupo where we randomly come upon this luxury waterfront rental at Sacred Waters. For the next couple of days, Boris and I do not depart from the compound. We leave the sightseeing to Marie Hélène and Gérard while we enjoy the amenities, which include our own personal spa made out of stainless steel. It’s pretty cool as the hot water comes in from the natural springs. For our meals, Boris and I are the head chefs where I am the lamb expert and he is the side-dish-made-with-cheese expert. What a dynamic duo we are.

Boris Feeling Back At Home

Boris Feeling Back At Home

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit

Our Sweet Backyard

Our Sweet Backyard

Personal Spa With Stainless Steel Seats

Personal Spa With Stainless Steel Seats

Our next post will highlight the white cliffs of Taranaki.

Hot Spring In Taupo

Hot Spring In Taupo

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt

Wild Feathered Bird

Wild Feathered Bird

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9 Responses to “New Zealand North: The Champagne Pool Of Wai-O-Tapu”

  1. Jerome says:

    Mortelles les photos de boue bouillonnante !

  2. Ramesh Ayyagari says:

    “There she blows” was a good composition. Boris is fantastic with
    the camera :)

  3. Boris says:

    Thanks a lot Ramesh. A lot of pictures in this post are actually
    from Mui!

  4. Emilie says:

    C’est décidément toujours aussi beau ! Lucky guys ! 😉

  5. denise says:

    conspicuous absence of price breakdown per person…. lovely lovely
    photos and post. enjoy beautiful NZ! we’ll be there in about a
    month, and I can’t wait!

  6. Boris says:

    Thanks Denise, Since, we didn’t pay for a lot of things, we didn’t
    want to put an incomplete price list. For info, the entrance to
    Wai-O-Tapu Park was about $35. Maybe we’ll update the posts with
    what we have later.

  7. […] second favorite stop in the North Island is Buckleton Beach
    (with Wai-O-Tapu being the first). It’s a short drive outside the
    city of Auckland and not much of a tourist […]

  8. Julie says:

    Quels paysages incroyables !!!

  9. Taupo Accommodation says:

    Very nice pictures! If you’re planning to visit NZ, don’t dare miss
    the wonderful town of Taupo.

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