Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

May 1, 2008

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We booked a tour to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland for this morning. It was fantastic. I took way too many pictures of boiling mud, the geyser, sulphur pits etc. Nerd day out! Seriously, though, it was great. After the bubbling mud, we stopped at the geyser. Oh and buzz kill, they put soap in the geyser at 10:15 every morning, which is why it’s on a precise schedule. After watching the geyser, we did the 1 1/2 hour walk through the “wonderland,” before heading back to Rotorua. We grabbed lunch a cafe and then watched Whale Rider, a movie about the Mauri people.

Around 4pm we walked to the bus station and soaked our feet in the thermal spring at the info center while we waited for my bus. It’s been really nice traveling in a little group of three, but it’s time for me to leave New Zealand, so I’m headed back to Taupo and then up to Auckland. And then there was one… for real this time.