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Boiling mud pools

We went to Waiotapu, 25 km from Rotorua (NZ $ 23 / person, a 3 km, 2 hours). Here there is a gymkhana between demonic craters of vapors and odors emanating of sulfur and other minerals. There are bubbles because of the CO2 levels. The water reaches the center of the earth at 230 ° C and once it reaches the surface the temperature cools to 70 ° C. There are boiling mud pools and some highlights of this place is the "champagne pool" and the Lady Knox.


Crater de Rotorua

This impressive crater which was caused by the explosion of a volcano more than 100 years ago, is now a local tourist destination. You actually have to go out to the outskirts of the city to find it but driving gets you there quickly. There are streams flowing here and there, hot water, often of several colors at the same time, small boiling lakes, smoke all around, really smelly and very thick, at first it's a little scary because it seems that everything is alive, anything could happen to you in a few minutes, especially if you are lucky to go up with a New Zealander, they are always hearty .....

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