Rotorua – Part 2

Aside from geysers, there were plenty of geothermal attractions all over the place. In some places you really did need to watch where you were going lest you fall into a pool of hot, acidic mud.

Wai-o-tapu

Hell's Gate

The mineral rich pools came in all shades, no food colouring involved.

Wai-o-tapu

Wai-o-tapu

Wai-o-tapu

In other places, the landscape created by all of this turmoil was very pretty.

Hell's Gate

Waimangu

There were plenty of stories told by our various guides, particularly from the 19th Century when a local volcano, Mount Tarawera, erupted, destroying much of the area and killing many people. It could happen again, and soon. Despite this, Rotorua is one of the North Island’s bigger towns being a centre for forestry, energy and tourism. It goes to show that the locals must be hardy types.

Hell's Gate

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