This is an extraordinary and weird natural phenomenon - and you have it to yourself. Bumping along tracks in the landrover reminded me of heading off on safari and the valley is beautiful and through private land so no one else is around (except deer and emu).The drive and walk to the flames are fab, and our guide Merv, was really knowledgeable about bushes and trees ( and made all my subsequent bush walks in NZ much more interesting). The flames are bizarre, licking out of the ground in the middle of thick forest. Then you eat pancakes and tea (cooked on the flames of course) and go back feeling you've just witnessed something straight out of a kid's fairytale land. It's not the big drama of Pancake Rocks or scale of Fjordland, but it's one of my most memorable parts of my 6 week trip in NZ and something you're unlikely to experience anywhere else.
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