Here are the Emerald Lakes at the base of the Red Crater volcano. Aurelie and I passed by these beautiful lakes on our 8-hour hike through the Tongariro Crossing.
This one looks so strange! A lake in the middle of nothing....great constrast.
24 Jan 2006 5:54am
looks alien (and quite inviting) - amazing!
24 Jan 2006 12:59pm
Beautiful, but the water must be cold. Or acid. Because nobody is swimming in !
24 Jan 2006 2:14pm
24 Jan 2006 2:17pm
Are people able to swim in these waters? Very remote location obviously, i just wonder of the safety of the water itself. Is it heavily laden with chemicals or safe as rain at Hooper Street?
24 Jan 2006 4:14pm
The picture is taken from the top of Red Crater. The colour as you can see is just amazing. I also wondered if you could swim in those waters ... so I put my hand in it and did not get acid burnt (good news!) but it is definitely full of minerals like sufer.
24 Jan 2006 6:27pm
Sorry for the lack of description ... I've updated the text above. Also see Aurelie's description.
24 Jan 2006 7:23pm
Yep, full of sulfer, also there are lakes around which only have sulfer in parts of them, which make the lakes dotted with green in clear blue tones. A beautiful area, this is around Rotorua, right?
I flew over here, I'm pretty sure, if this is in the middle of the North Island, in a water-plane 3 years ago. Absolutely gorgeous terrain.
31 Jan 2006 4:09am
Spectacular....essence of nature.....
14 Oct 2007 3:00am
Nice colours. I was last year in november around this area. But i saw nothing because the weather was very bad. No lake and no mountains. That´s life!
12 May 2009 12:00pm
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