Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Waiotapu Geothermal Pools - Rotorua


While tiki touring around on Sunday we decided a road trip to Rotorua was a good idea. As alot of you know I grew up in Auckland, then lived in Northland for 20 years so I'm not from this region, it's been many years since I visited Rotorua, probably not since I was a child.


We persuaded my 18 year old daughter to get out of the house and come with us. One place we stopped at was Waiotapu Geothermal Pools. Most of Rotorua is Geothermal - meaning here and there are hot springs and bubbling pools.


The geothermal area covers 18 kilometres and is protected as a scenic reserve.


Waiotapu is the Maori word for "sacred waters". It is so hot that the whole area is fenced off.


Prior to European occupation the land was the home of the Ngati Whaoa tribe.




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14 comments:

  1. One of my favourite places in New Zealand.

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    1. oh, have you been there? it's certainly a very neat spot :-)

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  2. Fascinating post and photos of a unique place ~ thanks,

    Wishing you delightful days in your week ~ ^_^

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  3. Great photos and a very beautiful area. It is Many, Many years since I have seen that area.

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  4. Ooh, that boiling mud pot looks amazing! Don't want to fall in though. What an interesting phenomonen.

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  5. Oh i went there on my first and only visit to NZ, we walked the whole area. The landscapes are so beautiful specially the multicolored pools. posted a lot of photos in my other blog, abagillon.blogspot.com. I miss Rotorua and will gladly go there again if time and opportunity allows.

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  6. The brilliant colours in some of the Waiotapu pools made quite an impression on me when I first visited in 2005. I've only been back once since then. Given the number of times I've driven past over the years that's quite remiss of me. Lovely to hear the words 'tiki touring'. I get very weird looks when I say that in the UK but it's such an expressive phrase. I love the word fossicking too.

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    1. Fossicking, I don't say that work but perhaps I should lol. So many kiwi words that we say here...

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  7. Boa tarde, as belas fotos mostram na perfeição que é um local lindo para os apreciadores da natureza apreciarem.
    AG

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  8. I have a photo of my kids in front of these mud pools holding their noses. Priceless.

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  9. Wonderful. I visited once many years ago and would love going back. I love it, there was many gorgeous places in the area. :)

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  10. Oh I love the sound of the mud bubbling in the video

    Mollyx

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