EMERALD LAKE OF NEW ZEALAND’S TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
The sa Morakot Emerald lake is located in the Tongariro National Park of New Zealand. It is famous for the extraordinary color of its water, changing depending on the lighting, the time of day from pale blue to emerald green.
Thanks to underground hot springs, the lake’s water is highly mineralized and very warm. The reason for the unusual color of Sa Morakot is the high concentration of minerals in the water.
Emerald lake is located at some distance from the highways. You can get to it on foot, passing through a one-and-a-half-kilometer glade or along a trail. This road is much longer, but very picturesque and much more interesting than the first. It leads through the mangroves and tropical rain forest.
Emerald lake has the shape of a lens, which makes it seem quite shallow, despite the three-meter depth. Its size is not more than ten meters in diameter. The reservoir is formed by underground springs that bring many minerals containing copper sulfate from the depths of the earth. This explains the blue hue at the bottom of the lake. If you look closely, you can see the keys that feed Sa Morakot in the clear water. Water sources are warmer than the temperature on the surface of the reservoir. For this reason, an interesting effect is created, as if in hot weather from the asphalt warmed up during the day. Emerald lake is a real miracle of nature. The place is so peaceful that it is a pleasure just to sit there, listen to the sounds of the forest and admire the beauty of the lake.
You can swim, but do not forget that the banks and coastal stones are very slippery, because they are covered with a mixture of minerals and minerals matter.