The Waiotapu volcanic area in New Zealand has many natural wonders. On top of that, the most prominent and attractive to visitors is Devil’s Bath New Zealand, a neon green lake with a strong sulfur smell.

Devil’s Bath New Zealand Origin

Devil’s Bath is a small, bright green lake located in the active geothermal area of ​​the Okataina volcanic center of the Waiotapu tourist area.

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The Devil’s Bath in New Zealand with its unique neon green color.

According to Atlas Obscura, the unusual watercolor in the Devil’s Bath is formed from a combination of hydrogen sulfide, black salt, and iron sulfate. The intensity of the watercolor depends on the inclination of the sun and the number of minerals at that time. Additionally, the water is light green, almost yellow where there is a high concentration of sulfur, the dark green part is where the concentration of iron is high.

In addition to the eye-catching blue color, the lake has a smell that many visitors humorously described as “charming”. In fact, it was a mixture of sewage and rotten eggs. Therefore, the lake is called the “Devil’s Bath”.

If you are thinking of swimming in this pool, the answer is no, please! The Devil’s Bath is not safe for this activity because the water contains a sufficient amount of acid to slough off your skin.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

Devil’s Bath New Zealand is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. It is a geothermal complex that covers about 18 square kilometers. Waiotapu in Maori means “sacred waters”, formed about 200,000 years ago. The geothermal area includes a series of colored water geothermal pools, and sulfur geysers, forming a unique landscape. Being a volcano but not erupting lava-like in Hawaii, the eruption activity here is mainly gas eruption.

Champagne Pool is a lake in Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
Champagne Pool, a lake in Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area in North Island, New Zealand.

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is a 30-minute drive southeast of Rotorua, North Island. The place is open year-round. An adult ticket is 22 USD, and a child is 7.6 USD.

Besides that, there are tours and activities that you can book from operators to easily arrange your trip.

Final Say

Devil’s Bath New Zealand attracts visitors with its extremely strange features. You will see a lake in neon green and a deadly smell like a sewage mix rotten egg. If you think it’s interesting, pack your bag, and explore it!


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32 COMMENTS

  1. Wow — I had no idea water could be this colour! Nature is truly amazing. This looks like a great place to plan a trip to,

  2. I have never heard of the Devil’s Bath although I’ve heard of similar places where the coloring of the water or soil is different due to some weird chemical, etc. So much to learn about our planet!

  3. How interesting. I’ve never heard of this before, and it is fascinating both to see and also learn about the science behind it.

  4. Wow, this looks so cool and the pool look interesting. This is first time to know about this place. Thank you for sharing with us!

  5. Oh, wow. Nature is so intresting. It’s crazy how many weird things are out there. I’d love to get a look at Devil’s Bath.

  6. What a wonder of nature. The place just looks so magical in the picture. Hope you guys enjoyed your stay there.

  7. The color of this pool reminds me of Ghost Buster! Neon green is one of my favorite colors, but not when it smells like rotten eggs. Still, I would love to visit this in New Zealand, while wearing a mask.

    • Haha, you just remind me of Ghost Buster. I try to think of something when seeing the neon green but cannot remember Ghost Buster.

  8. When I read the word Devil’s Bath, that one movie which Megan Fox starred in comes to mind. That is indeed quite an interesting and unique lake to check out.

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