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.

Devil’s Cave at Waitotapu

Sometimes called the Devil’s pool. This water pond is made yellow by sulfur. Having photographed this before I had always really struggled to capture the intense green yellow colour of the water. In reality its more like a highlighter pen but the camera struggles to pick it up. Usually I avoid including people in my photographs. Here I thought that the tourists on the left helped show the scale of the pool.