Hier blubbert und stinkt es gewaltig.
So why is the smell so disgusting? It's because of the sulphur that comes through the earths surface by either water or air. Most people describe the scent as rotten eggs. It is safe and non-toxic but it stinks. However, after a certain amount of time, the smell 'grows' on you and fades away...
After what we've seen in Rotorua city centre, we now have Waiotapu, 'Thermal Wonderland'.
This national reserve is an exposition of all mother earth has to offer when it comes to volcanic / geothermal activity. Again, we let the photos do the talking. Unfortunately (or is it fortunate?) we can't add smell ;-)
After Waiotapu, we drove past lake Taupo, in the direction of National Park. This is actually the name of the township that lies in the National Park Tongariro. This Park, after Yellowstone being the first official National Park in the world, is the fourth of it's kind in the world (and the first in NZ). The park has a dual World Heritage status and on Mt Ruapehu it even sports a large skiing area.
Today, we would be doing a scenic flight over here, but unfortunately due to communication problems at the operator Mountain Air, we weren't informed that flights for the day were cancelled due to high winds and bad visibility around the mountains. So, unfortunately, no flying today...
On the other hand, we were now able to dine early and go to bed early also... which was coming in handy as we needed to get up at 0530 the next day for our biggest (physical) adventure: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing.Read more