Friday, November 14, 2008

Crater of the Moon Wairakei Park

Geothermal area, The Taupo Region is a volcanic zone which contains some of the most violent thermal activity in the country. My father in law was afraid of the geysers and the howling sounds when the steam shoots up. It takes 30 minute walk visits bubbling craters, mud pools and steam vents.

In the 70s and 80s, it used to be free, but now they ask you for a donation to the volunteers who maintain the bathrooms and watch your cars. You can also see a lot of interesting plants that have adapted to thrive in the hot, steamy conditions. Enjoy this wonderful geothermal area despite the mild surphur smell. It now has a wooden pathways with elevated viewing platforms.

My brother Charles and Sister in law Karen took me there in 1978. I fell in love with it. Charles jokes that this is heaven. Back the geysers were very strong. Charles says we were fairies in the clouds.

I went again with my kids and Sister Rose. Now you know why I like it.

1 comment:

Al said...

Fascinating, that is a lot like Yellowstone. It also reminds me of Volcano National Park in Hawaii, which has steam but no geysers. Thanks for directing me to this post.