Waiotapu is one of the best active geothermal areas in New Zealand. Much of this thermal wonderland costs an entry fee to visit, such as the Lady Knox Gyser. It is well worth the money. Nearby are the mud pools which are fee. Whilst not quite as dramatic and picturesque they are well worth a visit. It is on the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s leaving these pools. The above photograph is a close up of the grey mud as it bubbles up. Capturing a still photograph was tricky, really I need a camera that could capture video. The sounds of the erupting mud were very sequel. It reminded me of a pan of mushroom soup boiling in slow motion. Not that I would try but I expect the pool tastes nothing like mushroom soup!