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Sunday, 17 March 2013

17th March 2012 – Geysers, Boiling mud, and the smell of Sulphur

Traveling from Gisborn to Rotorua the scenery is simply stunning, but you know when you are nearing Rotorua as the smell of Hydrogen Sulphide or rotten egg gas greets you. 

Rotorua is home to one of the most active geothermal areas within New Zealand and reminds you of the forces that are at play below this Island. As water seeps though the surface to the super hot rocks some 4km below, pressure gradually builds up to the point where it is released via vents of steam and geysers and boiling pits of mud. The minerals brought to the surface, colour the mud and adding their own beauty. The area around the springs is a special place for the Moari tribes and is still held in their custody

There is so much to see at Rotorua and unfortunately I only had a couple of hours to spend on my way to Auckland

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