ROTORUA THERMAL WONDERLAND
ROTORUA is known to be the thermaly active area in New Zealand, and offers some quite amazing features includingBoiling hot mud pools, steaming fumeroles ( these are vents in the ground that are opened up by extreme pressures from boiling water ) and geysers that blow regularly.
Poutu Geyser in Whakarewarewa Rotorua
As well as Rotorua being a hot spot for thermal activity it is also the hub of The maori Culture and the main place to come to learn about Maori history, there are three main places I reccomend for this and that is:
The Tamaki Maori VIllage and Culture show.:
Mitai Cultural Performance:
Whakarewarewa Maori Village and thermal area:
Each of these have a special attraction of there own.
With the Tamaki village you will see a quite authentic village construction as close to a real maori community would have lived in but made to suit those of us who are used to the finer things, in the village you can purchase gifts and souvinears made on the premises.
Pictorial of the Tamaki Village
A maori welcome (powhiri) Traditional Maori Village Part of the Maori welcome
Pictorials of Mitai
As you enter the Marae or village of the Whanau (Family) you are encountered with a very realistic view of how they may have lived, the village is not made to accommodate those who are used to paved footpaths and flash houses gut the Whares (living qusrters are as they lived in them in pre European times.
It is a very realistic performance.
WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL VILLAGE.
WHAKAREWAREWA VILLAGE is the original destination that the tourist or those who were interested in the effects that the sometimes very active geo thermaal area had on the life of the residence here.
Although Rotorua wasn't the original City that the Maori or the Eurpoean first came to.
Prior to this the main town was Te Wairoa until it was buried during the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, This is seen mostly in the Buried Village by Lake Tarawera which was the staging post for the famous Pink & White Terraces also destroyed during this eruption and can be visited now.
Also the results of this can be seen at the Rotorua Museum where a complete history can be viewed in a fabulous digital display.
Whakarewarewas web site is www.whakarewarewa.com
OTHER SITES TO SEE IN ROTORUA
WAI O TAPU THERMAL VALLEY
A bit of a cross section of the valley
ORAKEI KORAKO HIDDEN VALLEY
Silica Terraces, growing larger every year Ruatapu Cave a sacred place for the Wahine (ladies)
MORE EXTREME THINGS TO DO
AT THE AGRADOME
Farm and agricultural Show Extreme Free Fall without jumping from a great height