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Wai-O-Tapu and Champagne Pool

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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The Maori translation for Wai-O-Tapu is Sacred Waters, but it may as well be colourful waters. These hot springs are bright shades of yellow and green, one called Artists Palate is a multi coloured, with sections of dense green surrounded by an apron of yellow, then a marble effect blend of both colours permeates the rest of the pool. The most famous spring is called Champagne Pool which has a ledge of bright orange caused by arsenic deposits leaching out from underground but the name comes from the bubbles of carbon dioxide, which twinkle out of the pool like out of a champagne glass. The Lady Knox Geyser is another part of the region which has had visitor infrastructure built up around it, conveniently the geyser erupts daily at 10:15.

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swim hot pools

can you swim in the hot pools or is is just to look at? is there anywhere you can swim in hot pools/springs or are they mostly sacred?

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I think the water is too hot to swim in.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

Literally “Sacred Waters,” Waiotapu has been a geothermal tourist attraction since 1886. The volcanic activity of the area has warped the landscape, creating severe and surreal looking terrain. The main walk takes you past Rainbow Crater, Sulphur Cave, Artist Palette, Lake Ngakoro, and Champagne Pool, all prime examples of natural wonder. Geysers and boiling, bubbling mud add to the atmosphere of this surreal spot.

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