Although not as impressive as the geysers in Iceland, this one in Waiotapu is worth a visit. The Lady Knox geyser is triggered manually every day at 10:15am in Waiotapu.
On the way to Turangi from Rotorua, do not miss the Huka falls, some impressive waterfalls with a beautiful blue colour flowing at 220,000 litres per second.
Around the Waikite Valley, the water is so hot that the steam gives a misty look to this forest. You can even see the water droplets on the branches of the tree on the right hand side, if you click on the picture to enlarge it in the gallery.
Between Heaven and Darkness. Another shot of the viaduct harbour in Auckland, after the clouds almost took over the whole sky after the sunrise.
A beautiful hike, even in winter, if you can avoid the clouds and the wind. I love the golden colour of the plants in the foreground.
In the Waiotapu geothermal park, the last point of interest will definitely catch your attention. The concentration of sulphur in Devil's bath gives it an unreal green colour that reminds me of the radioactive baths in The Simpsons' nuclear plant
Hiking in the Tongariro crossing where The Lord of the Ring's scenes of Mordor were shot and looking at Mount Ngauruhoe, also known as Mount Doom (also much easier to pronounce!)
Here are a few pictures of yesterday's event: the Clean Half 2014, a crazy marathon starting from Stanley beach and ending at Deep Water Bay after a whopping 15km swim against a strong current! The rest of the pictures are available in the gallery.
Silky waterfall in Waikato. This waterfall is well hidden (you have to take a small path in the forest in the middle of the highway) but it's well worth the effort. As mentioned before, the forest is as enjoyable as the waterfall itself.
The beautiful Champagne pool in Waiotapu shows off its beautiful colours.
I was completely amazed by the grandeur of the forest near the Marokopa falls, in Waikato, New Zealand. The area reminded me of the island of Yakushima, one of my favourite places in Japan, where similarly, Mother Nature has completely taken control of the place with beautiful moss-covered trees growing in all directions (in Yakushima, ...
A super clear sky (the only one for the whole week I was in New Zealand) allowed me to snap this photo of a beautiful night in Turangi, where the Milky Way met the moon. Actually, I wish the moon hadn't been there but I will have to plan my holidays carefully next time to ...