Tag Archives: Rotorua

Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley conjured up images of bubbling pools with the smell of sulphur wafting along the valley. Once I left Xinbentou Station, I followed a well-maintained pathway by a stream searching for my imagined Thermal Valley. Continue reading Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

Waiotapu Scenic Reserve

About twenty minutes out of Rotorua, Waiotapu Scenic Reserve orchestrated its own particular rhythm with the sound of bursting mud. We stood on the lower platform before climbing to the higher one to capture the mud pool’s constant plopping melody. Continue reading Waiotapu Scenic Reserve

Whakarewarewa’s Walking Track

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

Whakarewarewa’s Maori Performance

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

Whakarewarewa’s Churches

The two competing churches, Catholic and Anglican, were located at opposite ends of the village. The Anglican church was established when many of the Anglican survivors (after the Mt Tarawera eruption of 1886), moved to the village to join family members. Continue reading Whakarewarewa’s Churches

Whakarewarewa’s Geothermal Uses

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

Maori Meeting Houses

Meeting houses were once the heart of a village and still play an important role in the community.

Tupuna Whare of Whakarewarewa was situated in the centre of the village. While once used even to make decisions on where to hunt, it was and still is used for funerals and welcoming visitors. Continue reading Maori Meeting Houses

Tokorangi Forest

Located on the outskirts of Rotorua, was Tokorangi’s redwood forest. While these trees are more famously associated with California, the redwoods in New Zealand grow faster because there is no long dry spell like the west coast of the U.S.A. Continue reading Tokorangi Forest

To Gisborne and beyond

I drove to Gisborne after reading that houses had a distinctive Maori flavour but didn’t see much evidence of this even after an hour of searching. Instead I found an ugly statue of Captain Cook who set his greedy eyes on New Zealand and landed first at Gisborne. Continue reading To Gisborne and beyond