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New Zealand, Rotorua – Sulphur, Thermal Springs, and Mud Lakes – VIDEO
In the very heart of New Zealand's norhter island there is the most active volcanic area in the country. There is high geothermal activity around hte town of Rotorua. You may smell sulphur all around and sulphur steam springs out of the ground on many places. Also you may see bubbling mud lakes, hot springs, and other interesting natural phenomena.
Hell’s Gate is beyond doubt one of the most interesting place. Here you may observe high thermal activity and the highest thermal waterfall. From deep craters in the earth sulphur smell gets into the air as well as steam and often sinister sounds. That's way it is called Hell's Gate. There are mud and thermal spa there and you may try different sulphur procedures here.
The Wai-O-Tapu area is one bit more interesting than Hell's Gate. This nearby area includes famous Champaigne Pool thermal lake characteristic for its orange lakeshore, and bubbling mud lakes. Further on you will see the Lady Knox geyser and depending on whether you want it or not you may take a bath in warm water of the Kerosene Creek.
Rotorua is known for local lakes and the Kaituna River. Conditions there make this place perfect for higher-level kayaking and rafting. Over 100 kilometers of trails makes this region great place for mountain bikers too. Red Bull Magazine called it one o 8 best "biking" localities on the planet.
In town's center, there is interesting late 18th to early 20th century architecture including Tudor-style baths which host the Art and History Museum. Another interesting baths is Blue Baths in Art Deco style.
Volcanic and thermal activity will be present during you travels in New Zealand's northern island all the time. Rotorua is the ideal place where to learn more on volcanoes, to feel their warm as well as sulphur they emit.
If you are from Europe, New Zealand is one of the most remote places in the world. In the very distant past New Zealand separated from other continents. Today it is situated alone 2000 kilometers from the closest continent – Australia. In the following weeks we are going to discover and explore many beautiful places in Zealand. Let's start by introducing you to the lesser and more "civilized" part of the country. The Northern Island.
Deep fjords, beautiful mountain vallesy, waterfalls, glacier lakes, and wild nature. Fiordland could be shortly described by that. You can find it in the south of New Zealand. There, two popular tourist destinations are situated there – Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
Nelson town is one of the oldest in New Zealand. It was the very first town on New Zealand's southern island. Sights, however, are not what is interesting the most about this town. It is the place with most sunny days on the Southern Island. Moreover, it is surrounded by amazing nature. Among the most popular activities are trips to the Abel Tasman national park.
In the last parts of our series we saw several places in the northern island of New Zealand. Now we start exploring the southern one which is larger, wilder, and there are more mountains. It is dominated by the summits of the South Alps especially Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the country – 3 754 m.
On New Zealand's northern islend, there is a narrow land projection adorned by beautiful cliffs, sand dunes, and the longest beach in the country. It is also one of the most sought after points of interest for tourists. Let's go there and spend there a while.
Are you traveling to the north of New Zealand? Be sure to stop behind Whangarei town with 16 kilometer wide Bay of Island. Nature there is great as well as waterfalls and trips to see dolphins, whales and amazing beaches.
New Zealand is fascinating for its diversity and extremes. Tongariro national park is no exception. Beautiful, pleasant landscape surrounding Taupo lake changes to volcanic desert. Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 20 kilometer trail which is one of the most popular in the country. Infoglobe brings you closer to this amazing experience.
Both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring trilogies were shot on New Zealand. The movies inspired many tourists to come to the country. Many fly in solely to see the film sets. The most famous one is Hobbiton. Today, we make a short trip to introduce it to you.
Have you ever heard of gannets? These blue-eyed sea birds who come unbelievably fast head down right into the ocean to catch their food. I have been always fascinated by them when I saw them in nature documentaries. I managed to get a close look at them on Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand.
A mere hour and half southeast from Auckland, there is the paradise for people who love nature and the place which is, according to me, one of the most beautiful of norhtern island's – the Coromandel Peninsula. The peninsula is largely covered with tropical rain forest and beautiful mountains. Let's see it for ourselves.
The largest city of New Zealand's southern island was badly damaged during heavy earthquakes between 2010 and 2012. Still, it has been developing quite fast since. It is worth visiting to see, how a restoration of such a place might look like.