One of the geothermal areas that we always tried to take visitors to when we lived in this region was Waimangu. It’s such a peaceful, beautiful place with (you’ve guessed it) a violent history. You can read about it on their website, stories about a geyser that reached heights of 600 m, explosions that demolished a new hotel and killed the family of the guide.
I spent a few days staying at Kuratau on my recent road trip, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. Here’s an early morning shot of the lake looking north, with Mt Tauhara in the far distance.
I wonder, when people gaze at this beautiful lake, how many realise they’re looking at one of the world’s true supervolcanoes? For example, an eruption around 26,000 years ago at a place called Oruanui is said to be the world’s largest known eruption in the past 70,000 years.