Early the next morning, Lan and I set off for Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. We spent a few minutes at Huka Falls surrounded by the fog and the roaring water. It was great to be the only ones there and it felt magical. The chill in the air and the mist from the river made me feel as if I was in a movie.
After leaving Huka Falls, we headed to Wai-o-Tapu and the Lady Knox Geyser. A park guide told us about the history of the area and its geothermal qualities. Then we watched the geyser spout high into the air.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but apparently I was expecting more than what I got. The geyser was somewhat disappointing. I thought it would be bigger and more powerful. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t jaw dropping.
After the geyser, we headed for the park itself. This definitely blew me away. We wandered around for a couple of hours through forests and flat lands. We passed through areas with large mineral-filled lakes. All the different minerals caused the water to be colorful. The color of the pools ranged from resd and oranges to bright greens and yellows. Everywhere I looked, steam rose from the earth. There were even signs warning of the hazards of meandering off the trail.
The park was really cool and incredible looking. The sun was shining brightly above us, but as it is typical in New Zealand, the air was quite cool. This made for a wonderful outdoor experience. We had a good time just walking around and chatting. After a couple more photos, we headed back to the car and continued our drive to Rotorua.