From WAI-O-TAPU to Tongariro national park.

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Artists Palette


This day we are first going to WAI-O-TAPU thermal wonderland. There you can walk along several small lakes in different colors. I'm not sure what the names were, but I think I saw Artists Palette, the Rainbow crater, sulphurs cave, the blue lake with the red on the sides is the champagne pool and the green one Lake Ngakoro.

The second stop was at the lady knox Geyser. The geyser erupts daily at 10:15am reaching heights of up to 20 metres and can continue to erupt for up to one hour. the height of the eruption depends on the water level deep under the groud. Why excactly at 10:15 ??  Because they throw soap in the geyser!! Before you take a place to look at the geyser, be sure you know were the wind is blowing... , you could become wet ...

We continue our journey to the Waikato river.

Lady Knox geyser
In the river you find the Huka falls. The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on the North Island. But what causes those falls? The Waikato River, normally up to 100 metres wide, abruptly narrows to just 15 metres as it crosses a hard volcanic ledge. So the waterlevel raises and then drops about 15-20 meters.

After this we went to Taupo and we had some shopping time. I had to buy a neadle and some yarn, because my suitcase broke. After this we drove along in a rainy weather to Tongariro National Park.

We were there on time in the rain and had dinner together, because there was nothing else in the neighbourhood.

Much later we were seated at the bar and talked the whole evening with a nice lady behind the bar. Erin ! She talked about the view to the vulcano and that there was a big chance that the whole day tomorrow would be rainy... That doesn't sound good. We have plans to climb the vulcano...

jos-nijenhuis says:
Thank you Marit, I do my best :)
Posted on: Apr 15, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
Oh you have some beautiful photos
Posted on: Apr 13, 2008
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Artists Palette
Artists Palette
Lady Knox geyser
Lady Knox geyser
Boiling mud pools
Boiling mud pools
Boiling mud pools
Boiling mud pools
Information about Taupo
Information about Taupo
You smell the sulphur.
You smell the sulphur.
Artists Palette, colorful lakes
Artists Palette, colorful lakes
Champagne Pool
Champagne Pool
Lake Ngakoro
Lake Ngakoro
Which way to go ? Sign, just outsi…
Which way to go ? Sign, just outs…
Lady Knox geyser
Lady Knox geyser
The Waikato river.
The Waikato river.
The Huka falls in the Waikato rive…
The Huka falls in the Waikato riv…
You can also go there by boat.
You can also go there by boat.
Dinner together.
Dinner together.
Dinner together, before we went to…
Dinner together, before we went t…
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