Rotorua Bubbling Mud Pools and Geysers
Rotorua is one of the most frequently visited areas of New Zealand. Visitors flock to the area to witness one of the liveliest fields of geothermal activity in the world. Geothermal literally translates as “Earth Heat”. The heat from the earth can be seen emitting from the cracks in the streets, the geysers, the mud pools and from backyard hot pools.
There are five main geothermal areas in this New Zealand location. In this area, visitors can expect geysers, hot springs, hissing craters and mud pools. The geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools are all a result of the Pacific Rim of Fire.
Ring of Fire
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Rotorua, the 2000 year old crater, is nestled on the Ring of Fire. This Ring of Fire is located at the meeting point of two tectonic plates. This formed the earth’s crust. A fault is created by the pressure that rose from the two tectonic plates. Near the Ring of Fire are superheated water and steam spouts. The molten lava emerges from beneath the surface to allow an escape. The mud pools, fumaroles, hot springs and volcanoes are common in this location.
The waters of the area are deemed therapeutic and have made Rotorua one of the best spa locations in New Zealand. Visitors flock from all locations to experience this wonderful natural creation enhanced by great designers and engineers.
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Fumaroles and silica terraces displaying amazing colours can be found near the thermal parks. From the faint sulpher scent that permeates the air space, visitors will determine where the geothermal activity is centralized. Archaeology experts have revealed some of the most unique aspects of the Maori people through careful excavations of the Fumaroles and silica terraces . Excavations are popular near dried lava pools and mud pools where evidence of early life may be found by archaeology experts.
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Whakarewarewa is the largest geyser in the country. The geyser is comprised of nearly 500 hot springs. This area is a great place to experience the geothermal activity of the earth and the unique nature of the Maori culture.
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Tikitere is also known as Hell’s Gate. This area is known for its boiling whirlpools, as well as, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
The multi-colored lakes of this region are a must-see location for the visitors of the region. The landscape is stunning and the view is breathtaking.
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The Champagne Pool is one of the highlights of the region. The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is also gorgeous. Visitors enjoy viewing it nestled among the bush that is native to the area.
Image Credit johnharboMany movies have used Orakei Korakoas as the location for particular scenes. It’s beauty and the characteristics often seem like they are from another world. Walking with Dinosaurs was filmed in this location. This location can be reached by boat and is easily one of the best places to view geothermal activity in New Zealand. Archaeology experts are also interested in this area for this reason.
Who are the Indigenous Maori People?
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Rotorua is at the cusp of the Maori culture. Visitors that want to witness the daily occurrences of the Maori culture can visit the heart of the area to view some of the activity of the Maori people. The music, carvings, poi dancing, art and Haka are all a part of the native Maori culture.
The indigenous people are quite warm and welcoming. The generosity and the hospitality of the tribe were evident from the early days when the Europeans visited the area and the Maori people gave tours of this beautiful area. The Maori guides were proud to show visitors an area that was rich with culture and lush landscape.
Archaeology reveals some of the habits of the Maori culture. Canoe travel was often prevalent during this time based upon the historical discoveries. Fossils nestled in the 2000 year old crater provide evidence of the rich culture that erupted from the earth and the presence of the indigenous tribes.
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