Wai-O-Tapu / Sacred Waters
Wai-O-Tapu is New Zealand's most colourful geothermal area. The hot springs are coloured by the different mineral elements which are absorbed out of the rocks due to the intense heat underground from the magma. I of course was thinking this the entire time.
There's no walking allowed, for obvious reasons. You will melt.
Excuse the Uggs, while the thermal springs are hot, New Zealand is COLD.
The Champagne Pool is 65 meters in diameter and 62 meters deep making it the largest spring in the district. Minerals in the water that give it all the different colours include gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic, thallium and antimony.
[The edges of the Champagne Pool with iron oxide deposits]
The surface of the Champagne Pool is about 74C and hot steam rolls across the water. Despite the bubbling water and boiling mud in other pools this was the only place you could really feel the heat.
This was definitely my favourite. You know I love neon and this pool was fluorescent! Thanks to colloidal sulphur and ferrous salts, the Devil's Bath changes from green to yellow depending on the reflected light and cloud cover. I'm so glad I saw it on a neon green day. It must have know there were Irish girls in town.