New Zealand

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.

Wai-O-Tapu, "Sacred Waters" in the Maori language, has been named one of the “20 Most Surreal Places in the World”.

Artist's Palate
Hot thermal pools in colours of burnt orange, turquoise blue, fluorescent green, and deep yellow, make this a spectacular sight

Champagne Pool

Devil's Home

Rainbow Crater

The astonishing Champagne Pool is a striking example of vibrant colours caused by mineral and silica interacting. Bubbling carbon dioxide rises from the deep green spring, while heavy metal sulphides precipitate at the edges to form a brilliant orange ring.

Champagne Pool

Silica Mud Flats encased by lush green forests

Sulphur Cave

Frying Pan Flat

Lake Ngakoro
A breathtaking sight. The luminescent green is due to sulphur and ferrous salts mixing in the water

Sulphur Mounds

A rich compost of scalding hot water, colourful minerals, green moss, and deadwood

Devil's Bath
This fluorescent green pond is a stunning sight!

A carved Maori totem pole guards the Sacred Waters of Wai-O-Tapu
Tags: Wai-O-Tapu, Waiotapu, New Zealand, Thermal Springs, Wonderland, Thermal Wonderland, Oceania, Australasia
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