New Zealand: Day 8 – Waitapu pools and Tongariro National Park

We were leaving Auckland today and are finally on the road. Such an amazing feeling, I am full of excitement.

Today again we were blessed with perfect weather, sunshine all around. We visited some incredible sulphur pools and sights of thermal activity. If you can ignore the smell of rotten eggs, they are beautiful, of the most wonderful colours. We also saw some mud pools. The pools were formed during volcanic activities, and as the the tectonic plates underneath New Zealand are moving all the pools and geysers are constantly bubbling and letting off steam.

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Then on we went to the camp for our next stop – Tongariro National Park. I am rather excited about our hike tomorrow! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is said to be the most beautiful day hike in the world. And trust me, approaching the area and seeing the snow laden mountain and neighbouring volcano (which we will hike across) is very impressive. Pictures don’t really do it justice.

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Our group is coming together really nicely. I get on well with everyone, there is only one lady I haven’t spoken to yet, but I am hoping that on tomorrow’s hike I will have to opportunity.

Links: Waiotapu pools, Tongariro National Park

 

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