It’s no secret that much of this area is an active volcano zone which is part of the “ring of fire” throughout Asia. New Zealand is more active than people think. Today’s visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley is one of the world’s newest geothermal systems, active for just around 100 years. The rich colors which permeate the surface come from different ores, fungus and algae which thrive on the hot springs and salts.
Tourist Trap Extraordinaire
So far, the trip is a tour through the more interesting sites on the North Island but the good stuff starts tomorrow when we head to the South Island.
Yet, even after 3 hours of winding roads and beautiful forests we had time for one more Geothermal spring at The Living Maori village.
Amidst the souvenir shops and tourist displays, the star of the show was the continuously erupting hot spring of the Whakarewarewa people who live inside the mock village. While the village was uninspiring, the active geizer was top notch.
I am having a really good time with my friend Ron and the little group I travel with. Everyone is fun to be with and very interesting. I am getting a lot of exercise, eating well and trying to catch up to the time zone but that will come by the end of the week. Then of course I have to do it all over again when I get home.