Wai-o-Tapu and a hot foot bath...
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Day two on our thermal area tour and we went to Wai O Tapu, straight away as it is on the main road you can notice how busy it is, the areas were similar to yesterday, there where a lot more holes with names like 'devils hole' the smell here seems to be far worse than the other thermal it makes you want to vomit the first time you smell it, you do get use to it but when a cloud of steam hits you its still pretty bad, there where a lot of pools with water varying in colour, and a huge lake type one in the centre, with different shades of blues, greens and oranges.
The walk went through shrubs and trees, the steps led to different areas, lots of mud holes, and the middle point was a huge lake where the water from the thermals runs too.
The last stop before the exit was a big lime green crater like pool.
It was a nice place, busy but still nice, it is larger and way more colourful, was good to see two completely different areas.
We went back and found a camp site just outside the town so parked up and went for a walk into the town it was one of the nicer towns we have been to lots of shops and restaurants.
We all got ice cream which where single scoups but the size of a tripple at home and sat down at the harbour, not a proper holiday unless you have ice cream!
After dinner we walk to the beach which was close by, we dug a hole and put are feet in the water and it was hot, dad found an already dug hole which was a lot warmer than our one, it was so hot it burnt our feet!
It was so strange as the water is cold but dig a hole right on the waters edge and it is boiling, very strange but pretty cool!
They had thermal pools at the park so made use of those and relaxed.