Waiotapu is about half an hour's drive from Rotorua on the Taupo road. Relatively easy to find, but it could be better signposted. It is about an hour's easy walk to go round the whole place (after you have seen the geyser, which they make active by shoving soap powder down it!) and it is well worth the walk. The whole thing would be worth it just for the "Artist's Palet" - a large, shallow pool with vivid splashes of blue, green, yellow, ochre, white, violet and red caused by the minerals brought up by the thermal streams - and the champagne pool - a constantly bubbling pool of viridian water surrounded by a bright red shoreline. Add to that the pool toward the end of the walk which appears to be filled with lime green custard! There are plenty of other things to see, but I will remember the amazing natural colours of the thermal pools. Not to be missed!
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