I-Mockery's Great New Zealand Road Trip! Alpine Crossing, Zorbing, Glow Worm Caves, Hobbiton Tours, and More!
by: -RoG-


[Auckland] [Hobbiton Tour] [OGO Rotorua/ Zorbing] [Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland]
[Glow Worm Caves] [The Tongariro Alpine Crossing] [Wellington, Weta Cave, & Airport]

As if riding down a hill in a giant, water-filled, plastic sphere wasn't enough excitement for one day,
we headed over to the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland to check out the incredible scenery.
Get ready for a lot o' nature photos - but we're not talking flowers and sunsets...

...we're talking about rising fumes, hot springs, boiling mud pools, incredible colors, volcanic wonders, and much more.

Notice how its covered all the nearby vegetation as well.

And in we go.

The bubbling liquids down in this thing sounded like Satan himself was gargling.

Ah yep, that explains it.

This one was even louder.

Yeah, yeah, another pic of me. Moving along...

Bubbling mud pools.


Re presents you with... steam!

The gases around there sure do a number on the plantlife.

Wait... what planet am I on again?

Trust me, it gets even more impressive than this.

Even the mud looks crazy here.

They have little bodies of water like this in New Jersey too... only difference is, the Wai-O-Tapu ones occur naturally.

Re undoubtedly pondering the mysteries of life... and mud.

Crossing the bridge to get a closer look at the incredible Champagne Pool.

And there it is, steaming away.

Let's go... a little steam never hurt anybody.

How is this real? HOW!?

Nature... you so cray-zay.

The Champagne Pool is officially Re approved.

Continuing along the path, all these trees were slanted to the left.

A view from higher up.

More colorful vegetation thanks to the gases.

There's still plenty more from the
New Zealand Road Trip to see!

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Hi RoG, These pictures are awesome! Was it expensive to go there? I have put visiting New Zealnd on my bucket-list before I die. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-Frickin' Awesome!
Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Great vacation...Hobbit holes, glow worms, exploding volcanoes and everything! How long was the trip?
Comic Artist in Training
Feb 27th, 2013, 09:30 PM
I don't know if I'll see Dark Escape at the nearby Dave and Busters.

Burger Rings?

That really is some great scenery for the Shire. Great sets too.

That is a big metal sheep.

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Is that ash all over those woods?

Seriously, that reddish shore looks like something on Mars. Are all those other things in Wonderland rendered in Technicolor too?

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Look at all those glowing worms.

Look at that mushroom cloud! And look at that smoke!

More sheep.

"It was beauty who killed the beast."

I understand Christopher Tolkien has been displeased with the movies. He should get a load of that burlesque show!
Forgets Passwords Easily
Feb 28th, 2013, 12:19 AM
wow, what i would give to be on a volcano when it erupts! almost anything, aside from the gear it would take for me to get away from the volcano
Feb 28th, 2013, 11:13 AM
Great article! Being in NZ just before The Hobbit released must have been surreal enough, but then to see all that other stuff, and an erupting volcano? You and Re must have some of the best luck in the world when it comes to vacations. I don't suppose you made a video of you seeing things in NZ by any chance?
Pickled Patriarch
Mar 1st, 2013, 09:37 PM
Rob Man - It was something we had been saving up to do. It's definitely not cheap, but the flights weren't too bad since we live on the West Coast 'n all.

ForgottenInvader - We were there about a week and a half.

A-bomb - Hehe, yeah we really do have some incredible luck when it comes to traveling and vacations. Couldn't believe the volcano eruption... I mean, what are the odds!? As for a video of us seeing things in NZ... nah. We shot some footage of the volcano 'n all, but the rest of the video stuff was just us driving in the car and looking at all the scenery. I'll go through it again sometime, but I think the photos tell the story of our New Zealand road trip adventure much better.
Forum Virgin
Apr 26th, 2013, 11:43 PM
I'm glad you posted this. It may have been life-changing to me, in a literal way. I only intended to take a short break when I read it and got sucked in for nearly an hour. It really makes me contemplate what kind of things I'd like to do in the long-run of my own life.

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