There’s quite a lot of volcanic and geothermal stuff going on on the north island of New Zealand (and on the south island too), Lake Taupo itself is the crater of a supervolcano (overdue to go off, apparently, eek!) – and Taupo is massive! All around the area of Rotorua and Taupo, you get that lovely rotten egg smell of sulphur wafting around. Quite strange, really! There are lots of active sites to visit, Wai-O-Tapu, Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako…
We ended up visiting Orakei Korako, which is a bit off the beaten track, but absolutely beautiful. There weren’t a whole lot of other people around, the high season for tourists was coming to an end, and it was an overcast day. Lovely! Orakei Korako, or the Hidden Valley, is a pretty big and very versatile geothermal site, with geysers, bubbling mud pools and the like. Fascinating stuff.
The colours are unreal, greens, yellows, reds, blues, and all mingled with steam, boiling mud and water.