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Bubbling Rotorua - New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
S 38° 09.815 E 176° 15.040
60H E 434356 N 5775769
Quick Description: Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing its fascinating Maori culture.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 11/30/2014 8:52:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMN003
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 2

Long Description:
From NewZealand.com

" From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.

Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Experience Maori culture, hospitality and food here - try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground or take a tour of an authentic pre-European village.

The city is surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and 18 fresh water lakes, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Rotorua is a mountain biking mecca with world-class mountain bike trails. Walking, horse riding, and swimming or fishing in the lakes and rivers are some of the best ways to see the wildlife, breath-taking scenery and discover the region’s hidden gems. It’s also a big trout fishing area with fishing on the lakes and tributary rivers and if you’re unlucky there you can sight some of the huge trout (but, alas, not catch them) at Rainbow and Fairy Springs.

For thrill seekers, Rotorua is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, and offers everything from bungy jumping and luging to zorbing and ziplining.

Families with children of all ages will love the great range of leisure and wildlife parks. When it comes to food and drink, Rotorua boasts a thermally-heated central city alfresco dining zone known as Eat Streat, as well as a number of popular food and craft markets." (visit link)

Our pictures and coordinates are from Te Puia a New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre. Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley is a special place - home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders at Te Whakarewarewa.
Name of Source Book: 1,000 Places To See Before You Die (2011)

Page Location in Source Book: 670

Type of Waymark: Site, Experience

Location of Coordinates: Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand

Cost of Admission (Parks, Museums, etc.): 50.00 (listed in local currency)

List Available Hours, Dates, Season:
Open every day Summer 8:00 to 18:00 Winter 8:00 to 17:00


Official Tourism Website: [Web Link]

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