Lake Rotorua and Te Puia
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This morning we boarded the Lakeland Queen steam paddle boat for a breakfast buffet cruise around Lake Rotorua. Lake Rotorua was formed by an ancient volcanic crater. You can see the crater walls around the perimeter of the lake. Mokoia Island sits in the center of the lake and is an important landmark in Maori story similar to Romeo and Juliet. Hinemoa was the daughter of a powerful chief and was forbidden to be with Tutanekai whose tribe lived on Mokoia Island. Lured by Tutanekai's flute, Hinemoa bravely swam out to Mokoia Island at night. The story makes for the Maori's most well known love song.
We next went to the Agrodome Sheep Show where many different breeds of sheep are displayed. A shearing demonstration is performed and sheep dogs show off their herding abilities.
Then we went to Te Puia Cultural Center where a guide showed us Te Heketanga a Rangi (monument to the 12 Maori gods), captive kiwi birds, the Pohutu geyser, and Maori crafts such as weaving and carving. We were able to see the build up and eruption of Pohutu, which occurs a couple of times an hour.
The rest of the day was at our leisure. Mark and I walked around downtown Rotorua, had dinner at very good Korean restaurant called Yaki Yaki and walked around the Rotorua Museum area again.