After our thermal adventures in Taupo we drove about 25 minutes to Orakei Korako, reportedly one of the most unique spots in the world. $30 buys you a short boat ride over to the island, and an 1 1/2 hours walk. It looks like another planet. Geysers erupting, boiling pools of mud that have scorched the trees around them. Jets of steam shooting up through the forest floor. It looks like what I imagine the Earth did as a wee baby. A baby that smells like sulphur and spits boiling water..
There was an ever present smell of boiled eggs and strangely, sizzling bacon.. It was like breakfast island!
Huka Falls. Here a duck followed us all the way to the falls, probably hoping I’d share some of my peanut slab with it. NO DICE, DUCK!
The lovely lady driving the boat to and from Orakei Korako suggested this be our next spot. She said it’s a free natural thermal pool, not many people know about it, and because it’s winter we’d probably be the only ones there.
We made a nice lunch of sausages and scrambled eggs and a cup of tea and spent the afternoon skinny dipping in a hot thermal bath. It was very, very relaxing.