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Photos of the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area. There are many more on my Flickr site

Yes, it is hot enough to kill you. Stay on the paths.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area



Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

"Artist's Pallet." The circular pool on the right is the "Champagne Pool." It is 75C at the surface, and is 70m deep. Water enters at the bottom at <150C
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Carbon Dioxide bubbles on the Champagne Pool, which give it the name. The red material is iron deposits.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Sinter Surface
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

A wall of sulphur
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

A deep pond coloured by arsenic compounds.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

A pool of boiling mud.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area
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God loves New Zealand, he gave them boiling mud... etc, etc. :D

I'm amazed that trees grow in the area.

No mud but have you ever been to Mount Wingen?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Mountain

I have driven past there many times but never stopped. I should do that, one day.

I was there more than 20 years ago. Assuming it's unchanged there are two places of interest. There's the large sulphurous bed of ash that everyone finds easily, but at the time I was there there was also a hot fissure some distance away with gasses spewing out at a rate you'd expect from an industrial machine rather than a natural (or semi-natural) process. It was near the walking trail, but didn't have any markings or signs. If the local council have any sense they would have fenced it off though because it would have been rather hazardous.


Ah Nature! So beautiful and so dangerous!

Great work with catching the mud bubbles!

Wow, such deadly beauty! I'd love to visit NZ someday if just to see stuff like this!

Wow, you've got some great shots! I'd love to see what you could capture of Yellowstone. :)

Definitely part of Mordor. :-)

I keep telling people, one does not have to walk to Mordor. You can drive most on the way on major highways, then take a short side road.

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