9/6/16

Orakei Korako

Back in 2010, Hubby took us on another of his awesome 'out of the way' road trips, where we visited 
this thermal area between Taupo and Rotorua called Orakei Korako or the Hidden Valley. 

The mineral formations are amazing, when you think that the water is near boiling point.
The white is silica, the darker color is caused by microbes, not rust.

A diary entry for 11 March 1850 recorded that Maori lived
in this spot, 'to spare their women the trouble of procuring
wood for fuel'.http://www.orakeikorako.co.nz/history

For any questions, you can  find out more about it by clicking here.
If you are in the area, you will do yourself a favor by visiting.











17 comments:

Rhonda Albom said...

Beautiful photos complimented by an interesting bit of NZ history. I love the they way the mineral deposits create color changes.

Linda said...

Wow, that's incredible scenery!

NC Sue said...

I've never seen anything remotely like this and you're right - it IS amazing. So glad I stopped by!
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Andy said...

The photos are awesome. Just the kind of place I would like to visit.

Denise inVA said...

Looks amazing Betty, as are your photos.

Linda W. said...

Looks kind of like Yellowstone national park.

Christine said...

really extraordinary and wonderful! NZ is a land of contrasts!

jeannettestgermain said...

Whoa, this is such a beautiful and stunning place! Certainly worth the photos you shot! Thank you much for sharing this with SEASONS! Always heard New Zealand was beautiful, but you show it!

Lady Fi said...

What a lovely area!

Helén said...

What a interesting and beautiful place!! I love your photos of the area.

Amy at love made my home said...

Gosh what an incredible place!! Wonderful to see more of your part of the world, especially when it is so amazing! xx

Mitzi Rice said...

WOW! Very interesting information, but the photos, you captured the beauty of this place in such a wonderful manner!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Amazing patterns....lovely shots!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, I love this. When I viited North island many years ago I was here I think. I recognice the place in one of your images. But of course it has changed a lot since then.
Thanks!

likeschocolate said...

Gorgeous! The ice threw me for a loop for second and then I realized that it is winter where you live.
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facile et beau - Gusta said...

amazing! Looks very dangerous.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful!!!