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.
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.
The central pools of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand are my favourite. This look out is the best to see the majority of the geothermal attraction. The orange area in the top right is the iconic Champagne Pool. Overflowing water from the Champagne Pool brings up minerals that originated deep below the surface. As the water cools, it evaporates and exposes minerals that provide a showcase of colours. This area never looks the same each time I visit, as it changes depending on the sunlight and water level.
This sculpture is a New Zealand Gecko created by local artist Marv Richdale. Carved with a chainsaw, it is around 2 metres long and made from a pine tree. Geckos along with stinks are the only two native families of lizards found in New Zealand. This wooden gecko lives in the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.