New Zealand– the land of fire & ice

The Earth belching in New Zealand
Image courtesy: ©Nitin Gairola

New Zealand is a land of contrast. It sits on one of the most seismically active parts of the planet, with all the fiery volcanoes & earthquakes, and on the other hand it has breath-taking mountains covered with snow and glaciers of pack ice.

Below are some photographs of its Wai-o-Tapu volcanic belt of the North Island and the White Alps & Fox Glacier of the South Island.

Go there to feel it first-hand and remember to be a responsible tourist.

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Fire in the belly of Wai-o-Tapu
Fire in the belly of Wai-o-Tapu
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Red hot pyroclastic flows
Red hot pyroclastic flows
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Colours from inside the Earth's mantle
Colours from inside the Earth's mantle
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A green acid lake
A green acid lake
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A blue acid lake
A blue acid lake
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Mount Cook-The highest peak of NZ draped in snow & sunlight
Mount Cook-The highest peak of NZ draped in snow & sunlight
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The Fox Glacier
The Fox Glacier
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The Glacier's Pack Ice
The Glacier's Pack Ice
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Mist rising from the mountains
Mist rising from the mountains
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Emerald lake in Westlands National Park
Emerald lake in Westlands National Park
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AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is a traveller, writer & photographer who loves the educative side of travel relating to earth science, environment, history & world cultures. He has been to many parts of the Earth, across 6 continents & over 80 countries in his personal quest to know more about the planet & peoples. Besides Lonely Planet, his works have been released in The Economic Times, BBC Wildlife, Garhwal Post etc. More on: www.nitingairola.wordpress.com