How the World Began: Hiking in Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua
Words cannot describe the majestic Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the youngest geothermal system that gives us a hint into how our world began. So here are a few of my favorites...
I loved hearing the sounds of birds and frogs while sitting at the Emerald Pool:
Even though I started out with plenty of time to do the full hike and catch the boat the bottom, I was so mesmerized staring at everything on the way, I had to essentially run to the boat at the end. It was liberating and gorgeous and euphoric. The scenery reminded me of Jurassic Park.
At the very bottom, there is a lake where you can take a boat ride and see more geothermal activity close by around the mountain!
Oh, and there were Australian Black Swans!
This is all just the big highlights. But honestly, you have to experience Waimangu for yourself one day!