This panorama was taken from the lookout at Lake Ngakoro in Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. It was taken early in the morning, and no one else around. Here water tumbled over a tiny waterfall into the lake, carrying greyish silt into the still green waters.
Lake Ngakoro Lookout at Wai-O-Tapu - Rotorua visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lake Ngakoro Lookout at Wai-O-Tapu' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Bay of Plenty.
Lake Ngakoro lies at the southernmost point of the trails through Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand. This green water lake fills a crater from an eruption 760 years ago. A small stream enters the northern end of the lake, and the walks through the park follow much of this short stream's length.
The stream entering Lake Ngakoro starts at the famous 700 year old Champagne Pool where waters rise through a thermal vent to the surface. From here the waters flow slowly over Artist's Palette, being fed by yet more fumeroles, over Primrose Sinister Terrace and down a slope leaving the largest silica deposit terrace in the Southern Hemisphere called Primrose Terrace.
At the bottom of Primrose Terrace the stream flows down Bridal Veil Falls and continues over a baby geyser and past the Alum Cliffs entering Frying Pan Flat where it is contributed to by Oyster Pool. The final leg of the journey is out the southern end of Frying Pan Flat and down the narrow gully to Lake Ngakoro.
Thus the waters flowing into Lake Ngakoro pass some of the main attractions that make Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland a world class attraction. Water also used to flow into the stream from the Blue Lake a little to the east but currently do not do so. All of the features at Wai-O-Tapu are very young geologically speaking, and the area is very unstable. No one really knows how long they will remain before another volcanic eruption changes the features of the park once again.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is on Waiotapu Loop Road. This comes of Highway 5 at Waiotapu about 27km south of Rotarura and 55km north of Taupo.