Geezers and Geysers!
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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.
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"!!