Raglan & Rotorua
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of having our wonderful friends Kami and Robbie, be our first visitors in this beautiful country.
I also just wanted to mention they visited us on their honeymoon! Congratulations Kami and Robbie!
With them being our first visitors, Ryan and I wanted to take them somewhere really awesome! Luckily, NZ is the right place for doing really awesome stuff. As usual, the weather was not complying with us. We were trying to take them to the Tongariro Crossing but decided to take them to Raglan & Rotorua in chase of the beautiful weather.
Heading out to Raglan, we really didn't know what to expect. Neither Ryan or I had been wanting to visit or had heard of it. I hesitantly searched the internet for what to do in the city. I saw a good hiking trail called Mt. Karioi Summit track and decided we would take them there.
It turns out the track was incredible... SURPRISE! Mt. Karioi is slightly outside of the city of Raglan. It starts overlooking these beautiful green picturesque hills surrounded by blue water and begins to climb Mt Karioi, which is a 2.4 million years old extinct volcano. EPIC!
You climb these rolling hills with picturesque 360 degree views, until you begin to go inside the bush. Once in the bush you have to make your way up to the top of the volcano by climbing up rocks, climbing ladders and holding chains hammered into surrounding rock.
Once to the top there are amazing views of the coast line and a beautiful rock to sit on and enjoy a well deserved sandwich!
Rotorua is one of the coolest places in the world. It is a geothermal wonderland made up of geysers, bubbling mudpits, volcanic lakes, hot springs and more.
Once we arrived to Roturua we went to bed in a cozy accommodation and woke the next morning to a cold front. We bundled up and went to the information desk. We were told about this amazing place called Waiotapu.
I had seen amazing pictures of CHAMPAGNE POOL. The location of these pools just so happened to actually be inside a multifaceted geothermal wonderland called, Waiotapu. There was also an induced geyser there, Lady Knox that was set to erupt in an hour from when we found out about this place.
We decided to hop in our car and try and make it for the geyser eruption and see Waiotapu!
The Lady Knox geyser eruption was awesome! We had found out that a prison had been located in the area and the geyser had been discovered by the inmates. These inmates apparently tried washing their clothes in it and accidentally induced the geyser to erupt and were said to have ran away frantically.
Waiotapu is a very active geothermal area in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone. Due to the incredibly dramatic geothermal conditions that exist here amazing colorful hot springs, geysers and mud pools exist. We paid our entry and were able to explore all the amazing sites.
I was absolutely stunned at how diverse all the sites were. Some of my favorites sites were the famous Champagne Pools and the Devils Bath. The champagne pool was a steamy aqua bubbling pool with bright orange edges. Devil's bath was the brightest green I had ever seen! There were probably over 20 things to see in the park. It took us about 3 hours in total. Such an awesome time!