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October 2, 2008

Thermal Highway

Filed under: New Zealand, Travel — anotherheader @ 1:34 am

Inferno Crater, Waimangu.  I think I have a shirt this color.

Inferno Crater, Waimangu. I think I have a shirt this color.

We left Rotorua on Sunday morning the 5th to do some sightseeing on the way down to the ferry to the South Island on Monday. Our first stop

Wai-O-Tapu, the Champagne Pool

Wai-O-Tapu, the Champagne Pool

was to see the Blue and Green Lakes—two adjacent lakes with distinctly different colors. From there, we looped back through Rotorua and headed down the “Thermal Highway” through New Zealand’s volcanic plateau taking in many of the geothermal features along the way. You can see many pictures of these areas in the Picasa link. Hard to summarize in words, but it is safe to say that the color of my shirt does, in fact, occur in nature!

Champagne pool, Wai-O-Tapu--look for the CO2 bubbles

Champagne pool, Wai-O-Tapu--look for the CO2 bubbles

More of the Champagne Pool

More of the Champagne Pool

Our Ferry to the South Island

Our Ferry to the South Island

After passing Taupo and missing the mountain biking there we headed south to Leven and spent the night. We stopped at Huka Falls on the way down. Even Becky thought that it was not raftable!.

In the morning, we were up and out to the Ferry to Picton on the South Island, again passing more good mountain biking along the way. We’ve decided that we need at least 9 weeks to do this trip. We arrived in Marlborough to find a climate not so different than the South Central Coast in California.

They make the chainsaws big in these parts.  Real big.  But you don't want to get the owner teed off at you.

They make the chainsaws big in these parts. Real big.

On the South Island, we start with a day in Marlborough and more Sauvignon Blanc and then visit Punga Cove in Marlborough Sounds to ride Queen Charlotte Track.

Pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.com/brainbucketster/ThermalHighway#

Marlborough vineyards at dusk

Marlborough vineyards at dusk

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  1. […] allure of geothermal features has taken us around the world. In Chile and New Zealand we’ve seen spectacular geyser basins. But it always seems that we seek to find another […]

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