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We started our day at Wai-O-Tapu, which is located about 30 Km south of Rotorua on Waiotapu Loop Road, off SH5. We arrived at Wai-O-Tapu’s thermal wonderland carpark as it opened for business and followed a circular route around the thermally active area photographing hot springs, sulphur rock formations and thermal pools. After an hour-and-a-half, we had to exit the main geothermal area to drive a short distance to see the forced eruption of Lady Knox Geyser at 10.30 am. After this, we drove to see Mud Pools, which are also outside the main thermal area.

Wai-O-Tapu photo essay images of geothermal activity, featuring geysers, mud pools and hot springs