Bridal Veil Falls

The North Island’s highest waterfall. It got its name because it looks like a bridal veil. This is a tricky one to show the size but its nearly 200 feet high. If you look very closely at the top of the waterfall there is a man in a red jacket looking over the top of the falls. If I had to recommend visiting only one waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island, this would be it. The walk around the falls starts near the top and takes you down many flights of stairs to the large pool at its base. There are about 4 different lookouts from various heights along the waterfalls drop.

Lake Rotomahana

This inlet on the shore of Lake Rotomahana makes the lake look small. It is under 4 miles long with a maximum width of 1.7 miles. It is the largest crater lake in the area. Before the 1886 eruption it was two smaller lakes. Walking along the shore of the lake I took many photographs. This was my favourite as I liked the reflection of the sky and trees in the foreground. What you don’t see in this image is the frogs. Despite not seeing them, I could hear them whilst taking this photograph.

Marokopa Falls

With a height of 35 metres, the scale of this waterfall is hard to see on camera or in reality. 35 metres is about 10 floors of a building. This is by far my favourite waterfall in New Zealand and one of the most impressive I’ve seen. Located in the North Island, it’s a long drive from other attractions but well worth the effort. Captured in the pouring rain from the waterfall lookout. This is as close as you can get to the waterfall.

Inferno Crater Lake

In 1886 New Zealand had its deadliest volcanic eruption. Approximately 2 cubic kilometres of material was thrown into the sky. This was one of several craters in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. Inferno Crater is one of the largest geyser like features in the world. The water temperature ranges from 35 to 80 degree C. The lake is around 30 metres deep. Sadly the camera struggled to capture the steam coming off the lakes surface.