Friday, September 24, 2010

waimangu volcanic valley

Rotorua is known for volcanoes and geothermal activity with a number of different geothermal areas to visit in the vicinity. Having a geologist in the family, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Following the recommendation of another geologist we met in the public park, we decided to take a trip out to Waimangu Volcanic Valley, which is a geothermal area that formed as a result of the eruption of the Tarawera volcano in 1886. The Waimangu geothermal area includes a series of geysers, hot springs, and lakes located in craters that formed during and following the 1886 eruption.

The kids spent most of the time in the backpacks pointing and telling their slaves where to go, but they also did a bit of walking on their own.

Lonnie and the kids surrounded by mist from Frying Pan Lake.


  1. love that beautiful creepy swirly pond/flat. so cool. love the updates on your adventure!

  2. HA! Slaves! That is EXACTLY how I feel some days, so that gave me quite the laugh.

    Looks beautiful. I'm glad Lonnie gets to spend some time in a geological Mecca like NZ.

  3. That swirly pond reminds me of the salt flats that I see when I fly into Salt Lake. Your pictures make my day.
    Yes, we are all slaves sometimes. Love you, Nana