Rotorua is a city in the Bay of Plenty Region, close to the centre of New Zealand’s North island and is generally known for its abundance of geothermal activity. Geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot thermal springs are common around here and if you can’t see them, or any of the steam that rises from the ground then you will at least smell them. Thanks to the sulphur and the hydrogen sulphide emissions, the city smells like rotten eggs. During our visit in Rotorua we (reluctantly) paid to enter Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland which was advertised through TripAdvisor to be “One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World”. Additionally, it is said to be a place of stunning geothermal activity, thousands of years in the making, and New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area. The walk around the area took about 75 minutes and gave us quite a unique experience along with some nice colourful photos. And luckily for you, the photos don’t smell!
Huka Falls is New Zealand’s most visited & photographed natural attraction, just outside of Taupo. It might not be the greatest attraction, but for all lazy couch-potatoes out there it is easy to get to, with access from the carpark only 30 meters away. Huka Falls is an 11-meter high waterfall and the sheer volume of water flowing over the falls amounts to 220,000 litres per second – enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds. On sunny days the water is a beautiful combination of dark and cyan blue with bright white bubbles of the rapids in there too.