Taking to the walking trail was a break away from the many tourists who swarmed the streets and souvenir shops in the heart of the village. Continue reading Whakarewarewa’s Walking Track
While Whakarewarewa was a living village within Rotorua where most of the people residing within its boundaries were related, it was also a major tourist attraction. Continue reading Whakarewarewa’s Maori Performance
As soon as I passed through the entrance to Whakarewarewa Village within Rotorua, pockets of rising steam wafted the unmistakeable sulphur odour over the site. I wandered from bubbling pools where 120 degree Celsius temperatures were normal. Korotiotio (featured photo) stays at this temperature consistently. Continue reading Whakarewarewa’s Geothermal Uses
Te Wairoa was once a thriving village where both Maori and Pakeha flourished until June, 1886. Early that morning, earthquakes were followed by eruptions that continued for hours, covering Te Wairoa with two metres of mud and ash. Continue reading Buried Village
The following day, I recovered enough and drove twenty-three kilometres to a Rewa Maori Village perched on a hill and seemingly surrounded by a river. There were no other visitors. I had the village to myself except for the ghosts of past Maoris. Continue reading Rewa Maori Village, Keri Keri
The following day was the first rainy day of my trip. I opened the bathroom window to let out the steam from a shower and the gassy volcanic smell of Rotorua seeped in. I found myself taking deep breaths as if addicted to the fumes.
I headed to the opposite side of Mt Tarawera from the boat cruise I took the previous day. Nearby stood the village of Te Wairoa, destroyed by Mt Tarawera’s eruption in 1886. Part of the destroyed site was excavated, revealing old Maori houses (whare), bottles, plates, and other tools of the times. Continue reading Te Wairoa buried Village