Rotorua

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Now we were in the front seats.

This day we went to the whakarewarewa thermal reserve. This is in the rotorua area.

Rotorua is a smallish city on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters - accompanied by the pervasive smell of sulphur. Rotorua is also a showcase of Maori cultural activities.


We had the whole day to see what we wanted to see. We visited first the Maori village and had a look at a small show. We should see the whole show in the evening. After this we walked aroud the mudholes and the geysers.

In the evening we were introduced to the Maori. After this traditional Maori welcome and challenge by fierce warriors, we had to have a "chief" ourselves, it is going to be Jos.  (not me).

Of course I want a picture with her....
He was the only one who could speak with the Maori. He had to tell them if we liked the Maori... Of course we did!

Then we took our seats in the front and saw there MAI ORA show. I liked the show. You will be entertained with traditional songs, dances and stories of the Maori. We saw the seductiveness of the Poi dance, the ferocity of the haka, (war dance) and the complexity of Tititorea, the stick games. It was at least remarkeble.

After the show we had the opportunity to take pictures from- and with them. I chose the most lovely lady of the group :). We also get a dinner from the Maori. This is also included in the MAI ORA show.

Back in the hotel I took a spa and sauna and after that Jos and I went to Paul and Serena for a drink (or two..)

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Now we were in the front seats.
Now we were in the front seats.
Of course I want a picture with he…
Of course I want a picture with h…
Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Th…
Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori T…
A Maori Waka.
A Maori Waka.
Hot mud pools
Hot mud pools
In the distance our hotel
In the distance our hotel
This is the Waikorohihi geyser.
This is the Waikorohihi geyser.
Pohutu geyser
Pohutu geyser
A mud pool
A mud pool
Statues in the museum.
Statues in the museum.
The show was starting
The show was starting
We watched from a distance
We watched from a distance
a Kiwi with egg
a Kiwi with egg
Introducing our chief JOS
Introducing our "chief" JOS
Typical Maori
Typical Maori
Isnt she beautiful?
Isn't she beautiful?
Angry man :))
Angry man :))
Rotorua
photo by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee