Hot rocks

At Orakei-Korako, the immense Taupō Volcanic Zone brushes the surface, superheating water to form the largest geyser field in New Zealand. Kurapai Geyser is erupting on the hill behind the terraces.

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The sinter steps are formed in much the same way as the long lost Pink and White Terraces of Tarawera. A large portion of the structure, including two of the world’s largest geysers, was inundated when the lake level was raised 18 metres for the Ohakuri Power Station.

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Hinemoa’s Needle

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Hot rocks

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Upper reaches

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Flying high

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The torrent

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