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Rotorua's Te Puia Cultural Center

Rotorua “is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, in which the town lies.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotorua). It would also be our base for 4 days and 3 nights.

As we drove into the city, we were struck by the appearance of steam rising from the ground in so many places, even backyards. Because of the geothermal nature of the city there are many hot water spas.

We had the fun of going to the Polynesian Spa, which has mineral waters from two different springs. “The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin.” (Their description) We went there and found that we could stay as long as we wanted. We liked it so much we went back! (And deeply regretted leaving it behind when we left Rotorua…)

These photos were taken at the Te Puia Cultural Center, which serves as both a demonstration of geothermal activity as well as an introduction to the ways of the Maori people. The geothermal activity was all around us there. 

There was a geyser that had a certain predictability about it, not so much a schedule, but a clearly visible routine and a good viewing point.

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