A city in the North island of New Zealand, Rotorua is located on the banks of Lake Rotorua. Rotorua is famous for geothermal activity and as we reached the city, the smell of Sulphur was overwhelming. Once we reached the city, we got used to it and soon did not realize the smell. Rotorua is also home to a living Maori village and tourists are treated to a Maori Cultural experience. A crafts school teaching traditional Maori woodcarving and weaving is an added attraction.
Enroute Rotorua, we visited an alpaca farm. Alpacas are reared widely in New Zealand and alpaca wool is very popular.
The Alpaca Farm
When we visited Rotorua, it was fall and we enjoyed the visual treat of the fall foliage.
Located in the Volcanic plateau in geothermal belt of North Island, Rotorua has hot springs, boiling mud pools and spouting geysers. Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu are two areas known for these geothermal activities.
Geothermal activity is visible everywhere in Rotorua. We were surprised to see steam spewing out from the streets and from the compounds of houses.
Steam spewing out from the footpath along the compound wall of a house
There is a park in Rotorua called Kuirou park. Extensive geothermal phenomenon can be visualized there.
Steam arising from inside Kuirou park
Boiling mud pool
Steaming pool in Kuiro
Steam arising from one of the pools in the park( click on the video)
Boiling Mud pools(click on video)
Rotorua is one of the principal bases of Maori culture and tradition and Maori constitute a reasonable part of the local population. The Ohinemutu area, on the shore of Lake Rotorua, has several historic buildings, including a traditional Maori meetinghouse.
The Maori Village at Ohenimutu
Meetinghouse at Ohenimutu
Traditional Maori wood carving
Geothermal activity at Ohenimutu
The Maori people and their cultural show
The village of Whakarewarewa, situated in a geothermal area, offers demonstrations to visitors of how the Maori traditionally used the thermal waters in everyday life.
Rotorua is also home to a sizeable Indian population and many Indian shops and restaurants can be seen.
Indian restaurant in Rotorua
Amphibious duck tours
With so much geothermal activity, tourism is one of the main activities at Rotorua. A special vehicle called the amphibious duck takes tourists to various geothermal centres. This vehicle can move on land and water…as the name suggests. I found this vehicle unique to this place…
The Duck Tour Vehicle
After experiencing all these geothermal wonders in Rotorua, we visited the Geo thermal Park at Wai-O-Tapu. That was another great experience and I shall meet you next week at Wai-O-Tapu and take you to the Lady Knox Geyser…
Till then, good bye…
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