Geezers and Geysers!

Rotorua Travel Blog

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Thar she blows! Geyser at Rotorua.

As we entered into Rotaroa (know also as "Rotavagas" by Kiwis!) we soon started to smell one of the reasons that makes Rotoroa so famous - the sulphur!  It is sat on on very a significant area of geothermal activity roughly in the centre of the North Island.  Just driving around a residential area trying to find the hostel (a through-back to BBC's "Hi-De-Hi", only more spartan!) there were streams of sulphurous steam seeping out of the manhole covers and through the drains, it was rather strange!

We visited the geyser park and mud pools.  It was very impressive and hard to believe that it is a naturally occuring phenomena - huge jets of steam erupting from rock that is entirely natural but so strangely coulored and shaped that it looked completely man-made.

Geyser at Rotorua
  We were very well fenced and kept a little way back, but even so, it felt very close to the activity!  A number of people (mainly tourists) have died in accidents by venturing off-track in the area and ignoring safety(not in the park though, it wasn't that dangerous!!) simply by falling through the crust of the earth either into lava or scalding mud/water.   We were shown a rock that had a lava-flow just a couple of metres below and we couldn't touch it for more than a few seconds it was so hot!

We were able to see a Kiwi, which is kept there as part of a breeding programme.  It was amazing to see this endangered bird, even in captivity, it was such a strange looking creature, almost more like a mammal than a bird, with feathers that looked more like fur. 

The town of Rotoroa was very big and farly busy during the day, but like all NZ towns, almost deserted at night.  It seemed to have loads of "wide boys" in their suped-up Japanese import cars - "Geezers in Geysertown"!!

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Thar she blows!  Geyser at Rotorua.
Thar she blows! Geyser at Rotorua.
Geyser at Rotorua
Geyser at Rotorua
Geyser
Geyser
How pool at Rotorua
How pool at Rotorua
Mud Pool at Rotorua
Mud Pool at Rotorua
Kia Ora!
Kia Ora!
Maori grooving away.
Maori grooving away.
Maori Haka
Maori Haka
Hot water pool.
Hot water pool.
Rotorua
photo by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee