This is the second post in the “New Zealand Series.” This past weekend, I along with other international students went to Taupo and Rotorua. Both places are beyond beautiful, however, I have to warn you about the horrible smell of fluorine. Since these places have fumaroles, fluorine lingers around in the air. Taupo is a great place to visit for those who love mountain biking, but it is also popular for hiking.

On our way to see the popular Waikato river, we stopped by to admire the view of the Lake Taupo.

The view of the mountains in the background makes Lake Taupo even more pretty!

The famous Waikato river is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 442 kilometers. The name Waikato comes from the Māori language and translates as flowing water. We had to hike a little bit to make our way to the Waikato River but the view made it worth it.

The Waikato Riverwalk was about 15 minutes hike and then we were awed by the beautiful turquoise river.

One of the popular destination to visit while in Taupo is Craters of the Moon, which features landscape with bubbling craters and steaming vents. It only costs 8 NZD for adults and 4 NZD for kids. It is definitely worth your money!

The main track consists of 45 minutes of loop walking. It is an easy walk suitable for all ages as the track surface is made up of gravel and wooden boardwalks.


Beautiful smokey fumaroles!

For those of you who cannot handle the smell of fluorine or whose migraines get triggered by the smell, I advise bringing something that smells good along the way because the smell of fluorine is especially prominent near the fumaroles.

Hope you enjoyed looking through the pics!



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