Travel Theme: Yellow (The Hidden Valley)

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A dear friend who lived in New Zealand told me that as well as seeing the normal geothermal hotspots of the North Island of New Zealand , it was a must that I visit the hidden valley at Orakei Korako which is found on the Waikato River at Lake Ohakuri.  After a scenic drive, wondering if we had become lost, we came across a small café where we bought our ferry tickets and entry to the Hidden Valley. The boat journey, although short, was beautiful but nothing to the sights that greeted us as we neared the jetty of the Hidden Valley.

Up to 20 million litres of silica enriched water flows down the naturally terraced valley daily,  coloured with the black, green and yellow algae which grows at temperatures of 35 – 49 degrees celsius.

The Golden Fleece terrace (I’m sure you’ll know which of the pictures it is) is the third largest of the fault scarps in the valley measuring 40 metres long and 5 metres high. It is white as a result of a white sinter coating which covers it and it is not surprising that the Maori name Te Kapua translates to mean the cloud.

Both the North and South Islands of New Zealand are full of scenic treasures but if you have the opportunity to visit the geothermal area I would reiterate what my friend Annie said “you simply have to visit Orakei-Korako. It takes you into a totally different world.”

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Travel Theme: Yellow (The Hidden Valley)

  1. M. R. says:

    HA! – you’re hooked!
    Beautiful photos, Irene! – and isn’t it WONDERFUL to be able to show them all? Bet you’re regretting all the time during which you could’ve been showing so many more. I’m so impressed by your use of your own shots in slideshow … Mine can only be Chic’s or even whose nose? (as he liked to say). This comment is NOT designed, btw, to elicit the same response from you as last time: that’s over! [grin]


  2. Really beautiful. Would like to visit this place. Wow.
    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’d love to see New Zealand. Of course, I’d love to see Australia too. I doubt that either will even happen so I’m thankful that you’re willing to share your experiences through your photos.


  4. litadoolan says:

    The images leave me speechless. Almost too fantastical to be real. Nature has the best paint brush. Great photographs.


  5. Fantastic photos. One thing that the photos don’t give is the smell of the sulphur. LOL. 😀


  6. Sherri says:

    Truly spectacular Irene, oh I would love to visit New Zealand one of these days, and Australia too…


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