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 Wai-O-Tapu Geysers National Park #2, New Zealand

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(December 14, 2007)

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THE SHAKY ISLES:  Maori legend tells how Maui used the jawbone of his ancestor baited with blood from his nose as a fish hook to pull up the North Island.  New Zealand did literally rise from the sea millions of years ago when it was part of the landmass of the southern hemisphere known as Gondwana.

The earth's crust is made up of a patchwork of interlocking slabs (plates) which move independently like enormous ice flows.

Today New Zealand straddles the boundary between the Indian-Australian and Pacific Plates  Tremendous natural energy is released which results in many spectacular geological occurrences including mountain building, earthquakes, and volcanic activity.  In the last 150 years, earthquakes in Wellington (1855), Murchinson (1929), and Napier (1931) have resulted in marked land changes confirming New Zealand as "The Shaky Isles"


The zone is generally recognized as one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. About 250 kilometers in length and 30 kilometers - 80 kilometers wide, the zone follows a north easterly direction.  It is anchored to the south by volcanoes Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu.

At the northern end is White Island, an active volcano sitting 48 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty Coast. Within the zone are 17 major hydrothermal fields, 2 0f which contribute about 5% of New Zealand's total power supply.

Wai-O-Tapu is right on the edge of one of four volcanic calderas within the zone.

With the discovery of the sinter terraces forming from the Champagne pool and the destruction of the pink and white terraces by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Wai-O-Tapu became the new wonderland.

Lady Knox Geyser.


Lady Knox Geyser before adding carbonic soap.


Lady Knox Geyser after adding carbonic soap.


View of Champagne pool from lookout near car park.


Bike parking at the park.


Champagne pool.


Edge of the Primrose sinter.


Alum cliffs.


Oyster pool.


Sulfur Cave.


Pied stint, not all the water is acidic.


Lake Ngakoro.


Sulfur mounds.


Bridal veil falls.


Primrose terrace.


Our bikes at the mud pools.


Viscous mud bubbling in a mud pool.


A blob of mud ejected into the air


Mud droplets in the air.


This movement is caused by gas bubbles.


Can you find the launched piece of mud.


Mud fountain.


Mud ripple.


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INDEX #5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present

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 North Island, New Zealand
Auckland to Wellington (Sept 15 - January 16, 2007)

Cindie's Daily Journals for the North Island

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: Let's get started in New Zealand

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- Auckland and New Plymouth
- Stratford to Taumarunui
- Tongariro to Taupo to Rotorua
- Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland #1
- Wai-O-Tapu Geysers National Park #2
- Rotorua farmers market and Museum
- Rotorua, Opitiki to East Cape, New Zealand
- Omaio, around the East Cape to Gisborne
- Gisborne to Napier and Hastings in Hawks Bay.
- Hawks Bay: Napier to Wellington
- Wellington Parliament House and Te Papa Museum

 South Island #1
Picton to Christchurch (January 16  - February 19, 2008)

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New Zealand: One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

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- Picton to Nelson
- Nelson to Newton Livery
- Buller Gorge, Charleston to Punakaiki
- Pancake Rock, Punakaiki
- Greymouth to Ross
- Ross to Franz Joseph Glacier
- Franz Joseph Glacier, South Island, New Zealand
-Fox Glacier to Haast
- Haast to Wanaka.

 South Island #2
Queenstown, to City, (February 20 - month day, 2007)

Cindie's Daily Journals for New Zealand's South Island #2

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- Wanaka to Queenstown
- Routeburn hiking / tramping / trekking Track
- Caples hiking/trekking/tramping Track
- Queenstown to Invercargill
- Invercargill to Curio Bay, Catlins
- Curio Bay, Catlins, to Dunedin
- Dunedin to Middlemarch, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
- Central Otago Rail Trail Bicycle Path from Middlemarch to Alexandria
- Cromwell to Christchurch, Canterbury.

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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