Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Ah, New Zealand: land of lakes, mountains, fiords, adventure sports, Lord of the Rings, sheep, and colorful thermal pools.

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On the latter front, the North Island is home to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, where volcanic activity manifests in brightly colored pools and geysers. There are walking tracks that you can follow which wind their way around the park and provide viewpoints of the various geothermal attractions.

I visited in 2006 during my month-long trip to New Zealand and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Through the weather was less than ideal, Wai-O-Tapu impresses even in the rain.

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Nicki

    I was there in 2006!! And, oddly, it was also shitty weather when I was there. When specifically where you in NZ?

    • lindsaypunk

      Whaaaaaat! I was in NZ early Jan to early Feb (4 weeks total) – Wai-O-Tapu specifically on Jan 19 (thanks, photo metadata!).