Travel Theme: Grey Travels around New Zealand

Mud Pools, Wai-O-Tapu-099

Good morning from a grey and miserable Hastings day. We have snow on the ranges and the day is expected to be wet and cold.

 So it is appropriate that the Travel Theme this week hosted by Ailsa over at Where’s my backpack? is for our grey photos.  So today I am travelling around the North Island.  First stop is the mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu in Rotorua.  I think I spent hours there just trying to catch a good splash.

Taloga Bay Bridge-023

Then we are off to Taloga Bay which has New Zealand’s longest wharf.  The two children running are mine.  It was very long and you can find out more about this

Grey Frigate at Devonport Navy Base-

Then we head up to Auckland where I found this grey New Zealand Navy frigate at the Devonport Navy Base.

Grey Stones in Hastings

Finally we head home for some grey stones down at then Ngaruroro River.

Travel theme: Grey

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes

Travel Theme: Wai-O-Tapu


Good morning from a chilly Hastings day.

This week Ailsa from Where’s my backpack? has asked us for our photos of water meeting land.  Yesterday I was thinking about that and wanted to explore my archives to find some different photos. I came across these photos taken on my honeymoon.  I had borrowed my parents new digital camera – a Sony CD Mavica.  It worked only when conditions were perfect.  Others such as the ones I am showing today were badly overexposed.  I had to do a lot of editing but I am happy that there was enough data in the images that I could see what they were.



Here is some info courtesy of Wikipedia:

Waiotapu (Māori for “sacred waters”) is an active geothermal area at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Centre, just north of the Reporoa caldera, in New Zealand‘s Taupo Volcanic Zone. It is 27 kilometres south ofRotorua.[1] Due to dramatic geothermal conditions beneath the earth, the area has many hot springs noted for their colourful appearance, in addition to the Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and boiling mud pools.[2] These can mostly be viewed through access by foot, and in addition to a paid and curated experience, naturally forming hot springs appear around the area. The geothermal area covers 18 square kilometres.[1] Prior to European occupation the area was the homeland of the Ngati Whaoa tribe who descended from those on the Arawa waka (canoe).

Travel theme: Land meets Water

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Copyright Raewyn Forbes