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Grumbly Old Geysers, Fetid Old Fumeroles and the Pongiest Pits of New Zealand.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 06:03AM
Posted by Registered CommenterTrav in

I am always open to feedback and it has come to my attention that some of my fans have been saddened by my lack of blogging, which I shall immediately rectify if I can stop Mrs Pet Human from posting pictures of herself in the hot tub for long enough.

Today we took a trip up towards Rotorua (map) to a couple of the thermal valleys that infest these parts. This whole area is basically one big volcano. Dig down far enough and hot 'stuff' comes out; sometimes water, sometimes mud, often steam, gas, obnoxious smells and very occasionally cubic miles of ash and dust sufficient to devastate an entire hemisphere.

Anyway the best of today's excursions was to a place called Wai-O-Tapu (advert or wiki).

Now Mrs Pet Human is not known for her overuse of the word 'awesome' but today was an exception. Both of the Pet Humans are used to noxious gases, Mrs Pet Human in particular is used to strangely coloured and highly noxious spreadings of weird stuff upon the Earth, but this was something else. Every few metres we came upon a new pool of oddly coloured water, a flooding of hot steam and huge fountains of hot mud the likes of which would make Madonna weak at the knees. Now these weren't just the odd hole in the ground with steam coming out. These were whole rivers and lakes of the stuff. We took the long (75 minutes, ha ha) route and every ridge we laboured up had another huge amazing view on the other side.

It might have been better if it hadn't been raining torrentially half of the time, and it would certainly have been better if the guide hadn't told us that this was the first time that it had rained since December - grr. But the views were stupendous and the sense of the enormous power of the Earth under my paws was sensational. It was like a bunch of godlike schoolkids had been let loose with a celestial chemistry set and a few too many bunsen burners. Of course I was ordered off to the edge of each and every crack of doom to have my picture taken and having almost fallen in the arsenic pond, I very nearly fell off the next viewpoint and into the Devil's Bidet or some such colourfully named orifice.

This was one attraction which really was worth the entrance fee, rain or shine. We spent so long there that Mr Pet Human was unable to visit the Geothermal Power Station, which closed at 5pm at which point Mrs Pet Human was heard to snigger quietly into her Rough Guide. Perhaps tomorrow...

Reader Comments (1)

You need to sort out your grammar, dear! "It was AS IF a bunch of schoolkids....."etc. Honestly, I don't know why I bother.
March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Pet Human

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