October 22, 2013

New Zealand: Wai-O-Tapu

Apart from a lone hot spring, which continues to stump us with its existence, Singapore doesn't have any geothermal land-forms, so I was ooh-ing and ah-ing like a suaku (i.e. person who has been living under a rock) over every bit of bubbling mud or steaming soil when I visited the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park in Rotarua, New Zealand.

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 1
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 2
This is the Lady Knox Geyser which erupts every day at 10.15am as part of an informative mini show. I was a bit disappointed to find out that the eruption was induced, even though the staff assured us that the geyser would still naturally erupt about once every 24 hours if it were left to its own devices.

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 3
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 5
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 4
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 7
There was lots of fog that day, which made everything seem even more mysterious and magical. Some of the photos turned out a bit too foggy though - apparently film captures fog much more than the iPhone does.

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 6

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park 8

I wish they'd had more explanations and diagrams showing how the geothermal features had been formed or how they "work", but it was still a really great experience. I loved how unearthly everything looked.

(Canon AE-1 & Kodak Portra 400)


  1. Truly, NZ has much more to offer than a one-time trip. Such lovely colours :)

    1. It really does, I think about going back all the time.

  2. Oh my goodness, such lovely photos! Your film photos have such a poetic quality to it. :)

    1. Aw, thanks Sewon! That's a big compliment coming from you :)

  3. Uau, i would also look like a person living under a rock when watching this :D

  4. absolutely perfect and amazing, i adore these photos!


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