“Hades” in New Zealand

Playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote after visiting Rotorua in 1934, “I was pleased to get so close to Hades and be able to return.”

Strange geothermal bloops and burps awaited us. We spent a couple hours at Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland and I saw my first geyser, the reliable ‘Lady Knox’.

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She looked like a middle-schooler’s science project.

I don’t think a middle-schooler could recreate the bubbling belching acid sulphate mud pools.

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Here’s our video with the sights and sounds of the mud pool:

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Today I am starting a murder mystery set here. Can’t you just see an arm emerging and then disappearing?

A little bubbly, anyone?


It was wise to stay on the path.

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The best part was Artist’s Palette. The pictures will speak for themselves.

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The lime-jello lake at the end was a surprise.

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There are only four places in the world with this type geothermal activity: Rotorua, Yellowstone, Iceland, and for all you who played the Risk board game, Kamchatka.