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

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.


Amy said...

Very cool - bet it smells there.

diane b said...

Wow what an amazing landscape.
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Elke Schwarzer said...

Stunning views, really great pictures!

Topfgartenwelt said...

Wow, what amazing pictures!

Greetings from Austria

Lynne said...

Exceptional views, exceptional photos.
My husband and I had always wanted to visit New Zealand.
Now we visit through people who visit, live there and photos like yours.
Thank you

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Happy you enjoyed the little tree and the snow, as well.)

GreenComotion said...

Oh my goodness! What a fantastic place.
Truly delightful photos, Betty.
Thanks for your visit.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Amazing landscapes, awesome photos.
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Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Spectular landscape. Some of the pics look like a painting.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! The hidden valley looks very cool. I enjoyed your photos very much.

kiwikid said...

Love this place, thanks for the photos.

Evi Erlinda said...

such an amazing landscapes.

greeting- evi erlinda

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

Beautiful shot.