• Clare embraces the morning at Lake Rotorua

In Hot Water

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I dived into the lake I passed through a patch of hot water. “Ouch.” Seconds later the water cooled, and my head was relieved to feel the cooling sensation it craved after a hot 16-kilometre walk around the shore of Lake Tarawera. Hot Water Beach, true to its name, producing scalding hot water in [...]

  • Chemicals produce a vivid emerald sludge in the thermal stream

A Thermal Extravaganza

May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I’m standing on the café terrace at Waimangu Volcanic Valley looking over a steaming, seething, geothermal landscape under the menacing bulk of Mt Tarawera and might well be on an alien planet. Remarkably, before that fateful day of June 10, 1886 when Tarawera erupted, this entire scene comprised rolling hills softened by a gentle cloak of [...]