Wai-O-Tapu

A special place.

Das bin ich in Wai-O-Tapu

Yes, it is a very special place! There it is very colorful! All the colours are made by minerals like iron or sulphur. The Ironoxide makes a red colour for example. There is a pretty popular picture of a lake with a red part. I don´t have my own of these. Sorry! But, belive me, it really is impressive!

Also there are a few other strange lakes. For example a greenish yellow one. Neon. Really strange! If you want to see that, or if you want to be speechless at least once in your life, you should go there! Because it is great! At the lakes you see volcanic activity once again. They are warm. Well, hot! One of them is cooking! It´s great there!

And also the trees are cool! They are orange because of an algae. Really! Orange! Pretty confusing, belive me! But very interesting.

 

All the best again, Jana

Hot Water Pools and Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Pools

In whole New Zealand you can find Hot water pools. I will visit one with the South Island Trip from the school. That will hopefully pretty fun! I like the pools pretty much! They are very nice! It´s a very special feeling when you enter the pools. It´s just warm. Like a Wirlpool, but naturally!  There are vey many different minerals in the water, which makes the water look very dirty. But it is not! It´s cool to swim there. Very relaxing!

Hot Water Beach

The Hot Water Beach is at the north island too. It´s a place, where you dig small holes into the sand, where the water comes to be hot  and water comes (like at almost every beach) after digging a while. The special thing is, that it gets hot, the water gets hot, because the ground is hot . Theground is very thin at this point, so the sand gets very hot. To be honest: Too hot for me. I was swimming in the ocean the most time! It´s a little bit like a whirlpool again. Or like a herd. It just gets hot

But, hey, I really was swimming everywhere. Even if it was only about 13 °C outside…

All the best, Jana

 

North Island

Hey! After ages I come up again. It´s a little bit complicated to upload often (especially in english) But I will try my best in the last few weeks in New Zealand. Yes, you read right. My last few weeks. The time seems to go faster since I´m here. The people who were abroad too might feel in the same way. The first week went very slow, but now? Time is flying! It´s only about four weeks, till I have to say good Bye to my friends over here. Strange, isn´t it?

North Island tour

But first: Let´s speak about what happened since I wrote last. A tour about the North Island for Example. A very nice tour. I did it with an Organisation, even If I did the whole stuff with the school without it was just easier to go on holiday with one. It´s name is ISENZ.  It was great! We started in Wellington, and stopped there again. I got to know people like Lava and Katharina, and so many more. I loved it!

I flew there from Christchurch. I got picked up from the ISENZ people at the airport, at the same time like Anna. I got to know her better, and she ist very nice! In the evening we went out to eat, and we saw a little bit from Wellington. Our Hotel was, just by the way, Waterloo and Backpackers. I liked it there. At the next morning we went out again, till our whole group was there. When they where there we got onto the bus (We loved the Busdriver).

At Taupo was our first stop. Did you know it was a supervulcano? The last one, which errupted. In the whole history of earth! We know that, because you saw the Dust till China (!). Cool, isn´t it? That´s about 1800 Years ago.

After that we got to see Rotorua, Auckland, Paihia, Waitangi and a few more, where I forgot the Names…

Things, You should see at the North Island:
  • Taupo
  • Hot-Water Pools
  • Hot-Water beach
  • Cathedral Cove
  • Cape Reinga
  • Wai-O-Tapu
  • Te Puia
  • Glowworm Caves
  • Hobbiton
Volcanic Activity

Now we get to the topics I want to write about the whole time (Finally!). Volcans! Fascinatic, aren´t they? I always liked them, but now? I love them! Almost all of the places above are about Voncanos (except of the Glowworm Caves, Cathedral Cove and Cape Reinga). All the Hot-Water Pools get hot by volcanic activity and very thin earth. The same you can say about the Hot-Water Beach, which was too hot for me.

And at Wai-O-Tapu are geysirs. Real geysirs. That´s so cool! There also is the biggest geysir of the southern hemisphere, can you imagine that? And there are many volcanos, one supervolcano (Taupo!!!) and may hot springs and Mudpools at the north Island, which is on the pacific Ring of fire, by the way.

All the best, Jana