WAI-O-TAPU I

Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is a large area of thermal activity north of Rotorua, within the active Taupo Volcanic zone.   The area is very colourful due to the minerals held in suspension.  The yellow is sulphur and the red-brown is from iron oxide.  There are lots of boiling mud pools and the vegetation is mainly stunted Manuka.

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