Rotorua is famous for its thermal activity. Everywhere you walk in the town you can smell Sulfur from the thermal mud pools in the local parks to the clouds of steam drifting from the road vents.

The cause of these geothermal areas all over New Zealand is due to the two tectonic plates the country straddles and its position on the ‘ring of fire’.

We visited Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This place is amazing and should be on your to-do list, It is a real attack on the senses with all the vivid colours and smells and provides a great and exciting learning experience into what is going on under the ground.

The area has many hot springs noted for their colourful appearance, in addition to the Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and boiling mud pools. The geothermal area covers 18 square kilometres.