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Waiotapu

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  • Day23

    Waiotapu

    November 23, 2018 in New Zealand

    Am Morgen besuchen wir Waiotapu, ein Thermalpark mit vielen dampfenden Seen zum Beispiel der bunte Champagnerpool und der Hauptattraktion “Lady Knox Geyser”. Normalerweise bricht der Geysir sehr unregelmässig aus (alle 10 bis 30 Stunden). Aber dieser Geysir ist dressiert wie ein Löwe in einem Zirkus. Jeden Morgen um 10:15 Uhr beginnt die Show. Ein Mitarbeiter wirft eine Seife in den Geysir (ja einfach eine Seife reinschmeissen :-) und dann schiesst dieser für 45-60 Minuten in die Höhe und man kann das perfekte Foto machen.Read more

  • Day9

    Waitopu Tavern

    January 24 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Anina is a Genius.
    Also:
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    HHUHUHUHUHUHUHHUHUUU...

  • Day54

    Steaming pools & bubbling mud in Rotorua

    November 8, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    A sunny day at last! Finally we get to enjoy a day in Rotorua, one of the places I remember well from my last trip here. I loved it the last time I came 8 years ago, despite the smell of bad eggs, and was looking forward to Rob getting to see all the awesome geothermal geography here.

    We headed to Wai-O-Tapu in the late morning which is described as a geothermal wonderland, full of steaming geysers, colourful lakes and large terraces with bubbling mud pools close by.
    The place is incredible, you walk on a boarded walkway around part of this huge geothermal area viewing large and steaming collapsed craters, with crystallised yellow sulphur minerals on the walls as well as small funeroles letting out lots of steam. You stand looking down into them, barely able to make out the bubbling liquid mud inside due to the steam, but you can hear it. The sound of thick bubbles popping and splurting at the surface. It's really loud and you can imagine just how hot it must be, definitely a reminder of how alive the earth is below the surface.

    Some of the most beautiful sites though were the steaming pools here. In particular the champagne pool, a beautiful blue green colour with bright orange mineral deposit edges. It soiled into another pool of oranges, yellows, greens and a bit of purple and the colours from the viewing platform looked incredible. The steam would blow in the wind and at times if it was still, you could barely see the beautiful colour beneath. When the wind blew a beautiful picture beneath became visible, ever changing with the wind direction. So awesome!
    We could walk over this too on a boarded platform without any sides so you could really appreciate it all. There were dark brown pools too (the devils ink wells) which were coloured due to crude oil. And then the huge lake at the end, a brilliant turquoise green surrounded by forest, the odd bit of steam visible on the land at areas around the edge.

    In addition to all of this was the beautiful forest surrounding these pools. Manuka and kanuka forests (tea tree) which have a gorgeous orange algae growing all over them. Very strange and very pretty. The odd redwood was present too, but we were planning to visit the nearby redwood forest in the afternoon!

    After completing the walk here we headed out and down the road a few hundred meters to the free mud pools. These were also awesome. Vey thick, bubbling mud erupting amongst more liquid mud in a fairly large pool. You could see the areas of thick hot mud, bubbling a little bit for a minute of two and then suddenly erupting with large bubbles and splurts of mud, about a meter high. Really awesome to both watch and listen to!

    Really hard to put this whole place into words. Just a beautiful place. So glad we are here off season too as it was also quiet enough to really get to take it all in. With the blue skies too it was a bonus!
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  • Day273

    Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

    April 15, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Talking about out of this world experiences, have a look at the pictures and tell me they don't look like from another planet. 💕
    Wai-o-tapu is also called the Thermal Wonderland and rightly so. It is a collection of geothermal hot-pools, each of them containing different minerals, hence the colours. Most of the pools and rockformations originated in earthquakes or were formed because of collapsing volcanoes.
    It is definitely a spectacular and unique sight the only slightly unpleasant thing is the smell in the park. Because of all the hot minerals, especially the sulfur, the whole park (even some towns in New Zealand e.g. Rotorua) is covered in a cloud of rotten egg smell. When you thought you got used it you were hit by yet another cloud of hot stinky fog. Anyway it was still super interesting and fun to discover our planets more rough and pure side. 💕
    After the park we went to see the Lady Knox geysir erupt. In this case the eruption is caused by human hand.
    Biodegradable soap is thrown into the geysir to start the eruption, the hot water starts bubbling out of the geysir and eventually turns into a 10-20m high water fountain. It was the first geysir I have ever seen so I thought it was pretty cool and impresssive. 💕
    We then went on with our journey to Wellington which took us another six hours.
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  • Day30

    Surreale Welt in Wai-O-Tapu

    October 30, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    - haben großen Geysir ausbrechen sehen - wooow -
    - mit Seife getriggert! -nasowas!
    - außerdem viele bunte heiße Quellen
    - Qualm, viel vulkanische Aktivität
    - blubber.
    - 75 min Wanderweg
    - Mochachino
    - Ende.

  • Day43

    Rotorua 2.0: Übernachtung vor'm ADAC

    April 24, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Gestern morgen wollten wir uns auf den Weg zu einer kleinen Wanderung in den Redwood Forest aufmachen und danach Richtung Taupo weiterfahren. Aus diesem Plan wurde jedoch leider nichts, da Stan 🚙 einfach nicht anspringen wollte. Nachdem uns ein Mechaniker, den andere Camper zum Glück bereits bestellt hatten, durch abschleppen zu einem laufenden Motor verhalf, steuerten wir den AA, den neuseeländischen ADAC, an. Keine termine bis Donnerstag zu vergeben, hieß es, doch ‚zum glück‘ sprang Stan wieder nicht an und so waren sie gezwungen wenigstens einen Blick auf den Patienten zu werfen. 🚑 Diagnose: vergammelter startermotor! Ein neuer wurde bestellt, jedoch erst heute morgen angeliefert und so verbrachten wir die Nacht zwischen dem AA und der BP Tankstelle direkt nebenan. Heute morgen klopfte es dann am Fenster als die Jungs Zeit für Stan hatten. Ein paar Stunden gingen ins Land, die wir in der Tankstelle mit kostenlosem wlan und Fernseher und mit churros bei Burger King gegenüber verbrachten. Nach 2 Tagen Krankenhaus ist Stan nun wieder gesund und wir liegen nach einer warmen Dusche auf dem Campingplatz im Bett und sind froh, dass alles überstanden ist. Morgen früh geht’s dann weiter ins Thermal Wunderland WAi-o-Tapu 💨Read more

  • Day45

    geothermischi Usflüg....

    January 7, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    .....oder Geysire und blubberndi Schlammtümpel

    Wels immer no regnet simmer hüt nach Wai o Tapu go de Geysire Lady Knox aluege und ganz viel anderi geothermischi Sache.... Krater benännt nach Devils Home oder Schlammtümpel nach Devils Ink Pot oder aber au Rainbow Crater, Champagne Pool.........

    Am Abig simmer dänn au no i heissi Schwefelbäder go bade und inen Schlammtümpel
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  • Day101

    Geysir Wunderland

    January 24, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Am nächsten Tag sind wir dann zu einem geothermischen “Wunderland“ in der Nähe von Taupo gefahren. Dort gab es coole Naturwunder wie gelbgrüne Schwefelseen oder blubbernden Matsch zu sehen ;-) Außerdem wird jeden Morgen künstlich ein Geysir, der Lady Knox, zum Ausbruch gebracht. Dieser soll eine Ausbruchshöhe von bis zu 10m haben – an dem Tag, als wir jedoch da waren, kam es uns nicht so hoch vor^^Read more

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