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Oct 31, 2013
Posted by: glenn

Rotorua's Geothermal Wonders - Valley

This month we wanted to share more information about one of the regions's gems, The Waimangu Valley.




Waimangu, meaning "black water" is the youngest geothermal site in the world it shows off the beauty left behind after a volcanic eruption. Thirty years after the explosion, plant life returned and the hot pools and springs display multi-coloured rock and amazing coloured water.

Set smack dab in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island and sitting squarely on the notorious Pacific Rim of Fire – Rotorua marks a steaming and bubbling cauldron of geothermal activity known as Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Oozing with boiling mud, colorful mineral pools and an overall fantastical geography. Rotorua’s geothermal landscape ensures the visitors here will discover abundant opportunities to contemplate the earth’s raw geothermal power and to be amazed by its otherworldly landscapes.

Some of the region’s best geothermal landscapes are found on the outskirts of town, like at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, a 20-minute drive south of Rotorua. The enchanting ecology showcased here today marks the world’s youngest thermal area, the result of a late 19th-century eruption by Mount Tarawera. 
Also worth a look are the other unique and beautiful crater lakes in the valley. Watch steam rise from the impossibly blue Inferno Crater and hear the crackling and sizzling of Frying Pan Lake.

Learn more about this amazing place at www.waimangu.co.nz/visitoroptions