New Zealand is one of the world’s top geothermal hotspots, with Rotorua being the pinnacle. There are plenty of geothermal sites throughout the country for you to explore. Rotorua geothermal parks are perfect to walk around and be awestruck at some of Mother Nature’s coolest work.
Our first geothermal stop was at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. The park is split into three zones with approximate walking times for each successive zone listed. To do all 3 zones, you’ll need 75 – 90 minutes, depending on how fast you walk and how long you spend at each point. There are 25 stops for you to check out, with a mix of colourful mineral steam pools, bubbling mud pools, and rocky craters.
Our second stop of our day in Rotorua was at Orakei Korako. As we took our short ferry ride across the river, one of the geysers starting shooting steam up into the air – a perfect welcome to the park! Orakei Korako is amazing to walk around soaking up the geothermal activity, with beautiful trails to walk on. This was probably my favourite of the two parks, although both were sensational!
Unfortunately I didn’t snap too many photos at the parks, although I guess that shows how wonderstruck I was!
Rotorua geothermal parks are absolutely surreal. As horrible as the smell of sulphur is, though you do kinda get used to it, geothermal parks are incredible to see and I really would recommend checking them out while you’re in New Zealand. I had an absolutely amazing day exploring Rotorua’s geothermal activity.
The Rotorua Geothermal Discovery tour was organised through my cruise on Holland America Line. If you’d like to read more about the cruise, click HERE.
Have you been to New Zealand’s geothermal sites? Or maybe seen geothermal activity somewhere else? Tell me about it in the comments below! xx