Rotorua Trip: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Redwood Forest

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Nestled in the center of New Zealand's North Island is a small region called Rotorua, which has a number of natural attractions for tourists. This area is home to some incredible natural phenomena and a spectacular diverse geothermal landscape, making it a must-see for nature lovers. One of these is Wai-O-Tapu, the geothermal wonderland that will make you feel like you are walking on another planet.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a breathtaking region in New Zealand that is the country's largest geothermal area. Located just one hour north of Rotorua, it's an ideal spot for anyone who loves dark, volcanic landscapes and bubbling mud pools. The park is also home to home to boiling mud pools, mineral-rich hot springs, steam vents, and the Pohutu Geyser,

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This region is home to many incredible natural wonders including Waimangu Volcanic Valley, which has waterfalls that roar over sharp granite rock formations. This area is Some of the features include the Pohutukawa Walkway which runs for one kilometer through lush forest with an abundance of native plants.

I was surprised by the size of the geothermal park; my friends and I enjoyed walking the easy paths to explore its many pools and craters. There is nothing difficult about the stroll, and a moderate level of fitness is required. If you have young children, make sure they don't rush ahead of you since there are no obstacles on the trail. A small waterfall and a beautiful lake await you at the end of the path if you don't walk it all the way.

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The thermal park has a limited number of trekking trails. Although the hike is long and winding around some large pools, plenty of shade can be found along the way. Make sure you have plenty of water and sunblock on hand! The best time to visit is in the early morning or late afternoon when it is cooler. There are a number of thermal lakes with a variety of hues and temperatures. It is impossible to describe how beautiful the colors are; you must see for yourself. This geothermal attraction and volcano have the most unusual and colorful features in New Zealand.

Another attraction we visited is the Redwood Forest. The forest consists of six walkways that are great for spending one or two hours looking at some of the tallest trees in the world. There are many different species to see along the way, but visitors may be lucky enough to spot some kohekohe trees, too!

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Though we had a great time at the Redwoods, we didn't have the opportunity to experience the amazing treetop hike. Take your time walking around the walkways, as the trees are beautiful and majestic if you have a chance to travel to Rotorua next time. For the first few laps, we went for a 2km loop, but there are also longer options.

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As my first trip after 3 months of working in Auckland, this was my very first trip of the year. In order to visit some destinations on the way, my friends @hknauy @clarahuynh @lucateo decided to move to Hastings. Since we were moving by car, we planned to stop by some other destinations along the way. As at that point, I was unsure about which places I would visit as all the details of where we would go and what we would eat had been prepared by a friend. Throughout the nearly 500 km journey from Auckland to Hastings, they were such a great companion. Among the many places we visited, Karangahake Gorge, Kapiti Island, Okere Falls, Taupo (Huka Falls) and Rotorua were among the highlights

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During our two days of touring the region, we swam at the lake near our hotel and watch the fireworks at the new year's celebration. Rotorua vacations must include a trip to these incredible destinations. It was one of my most memorable excursions on New Zealand's north island.

Travel Memory: Jan 2018

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I don't know if I'm understanding correctly, did you just make the trip to New Zealand or no? You're not working there right now are you?

Amazing photos/documenting but you already know.

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No, I'm not :)
The confusion is my fault. There is no logical plan in place for writing about my travels. This trip to Rotorua with my friends took place in 2018. I left New Zealand a year later, so any posts about my travels in NZ were from the past 😁.

Thank you for your kind words @dandays :)
Though I currently live in Vietnam, my heart still resides in New Zealand 😍

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Ok, 2018 makes sense. I got excited about a good NZ travel update.. So much for that.

Of course TrangBaby, pleasure's mine. 💖

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I went to NZ when I was 10 with my family. We toured both islands in a motor home and one of our stops was Rotarua. I remember it all so vividly. It was amazing, thanks for sharing and transporting me back to my childhood!

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Me too, it's a very common tourist spot. Anyone who has been to NZ has been to Rotarua :D
And it stinks like poop there 24/7/365 LOL
!LUV

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Wow, you traveled across the country in a motorhome at the age of 10! It's no wonder you had a memorable trip with your parents, so lucky you :)

I'm glad these photos bring back memories of your childhood and thank you for dropping by :)

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an amazing place, hot springs are known in different parts of the world for their healing properties ...

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New Zealand is home to multiple thermal pools and mineral baths. It's highly recommended as a must-see once you travel to the area.
Thank you for taking time to checking this out, much appreciated it :)

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This is awesome I’m joining the train soon🤗👏👏

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Cái khu rừng lạ và hấp dẫn ghê Trang. Nhìn những nơi mn chia sẽ là muốn đi du lịch 😭

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Khu rừng đẹp lắm Loan. Mà tiếc là tụi Trang chưa thăm thú hết :)

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New Zealand nhiều nơi đẹp ghê chị

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Hihi NZ nhiều nơi đẹp lắm nè :)

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Wow. A geothermal spot: Never been such place. Those red wood tree arranged so we'll. Looks beautiful.
Must have been a real hot spot in that area.
All new to me and it's exciting. 😄

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I would never know these places if I hadn't visited Rotorua
I love the redwood forest. It's stunning

Must have been a real hot spot in that area.

Definitely yes, I highly recommend not to swim 😁😆

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I will definitely take that consideration if I ever made the visit 😄

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It's wonderful, I wish I will be able to visit New Zealand one day. So many things to see 😍

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There are so many things to do in NZ and it is worth your time to visit. I hope you will have the chance to visit one day soon. 😍 Thank you for stopping by 💝

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