After zorbing, we decided that we wanted to do something cheap and nature related. After sorting through the billion pamphlets we picked up at iSite, it was decided – Thermal Wonderland here we come! After a little navigation issue (yes, we went the wrong way again and if not mistaken, I think our lovely Irish driver fired us) we started making our way south to Wai-O-Tapu.
Wai-O-Tapu is unbelievable. It’s like we made it to the end of the earth. The ground was bubbling and the colours were incredible. I’ve never seen colours like this, especially the ponds that looked like they were filled with slime. Okay, I’m not gonna lie – I saw a pond in the pamphlet that looked like it was filled with green slime and my journey wouldn’t have been complete without visiting it. There was steam and stink everywhere. After my dealing with boy stink from the night before, I was fine with the stink of the park but it did make a couple of people nausea. I went shutter crazy and took a billion photos of the crazy landscape all around me. All that was missing were seats and snacks. If there was a way to get my hands on both of those things (okay, if push came to shove – I’d be good with just snacks), I would be willing to become a couch potato just to ooh and ahh at the view. I can’t begin to explain how hypnotizing and awesome they are all at the same time. Better than TV!
The best part of all of this was the exploding mud pools. For the four of us, these exploding mud pools took on personalities of their own with stories, hardships, and jealous competition fitting the drama of the best soap operas out there. Eat your heart out Shortland Street! Words can’t express the way exploding mud pools pulls you in and holds you captive. The four of us just stood around and watched and waited for one explosion to outshine the other.
As we wandered through the park, I was waiting for a dinosaur to come and attack us as it felt like we had travelled back in time. This is one of those places that I plan on dragging friends to when they come to visit me in New Zealand. There is something so unreal that it just feels magical to me.