Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve
Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve © Christian Mehlfuhrer
Wai-O-Tapu, meaning 'Sacred Waters', is a diverse and colourful geothermal sightseeing experience. The area has been active for more than 100,000 years and features thick pools of boiling mud that bubble and belch, geysers, sulphuric mineral terraces, and steaming pools that create a kaleidoscope of colour. Walkways around the area allow visitors to admire the display of some of the most incredible earth forces in the world. Some of the best features include the spectacular Champagne Pool, a large steaming and bubbling pool fringed by red and yellow ochre deposits, and the evil looking Devil's Bath, where the high concentration of arsenic creates the vivid green colour of the water.