Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
95Trip End Mar 06, 2013
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Rotorura is amazing, large pools of magma (melted rock) build up and heat the underground water to incredible temperatures. The super-heated water rises through the cracks and faults then escapes as steam, boiling mud or geysers. It was not just Kuirau Park that amply displays these activities, you can walk round any street corner and a random garden has bubbling water or a boiling mud well sending hot steam skyward
Our trip took us to the traditional village of Ohinemutu which was the only settlement before 1880 when Rotorura was New Zealand's only city. Here we discovered another bizarre fact that the War Memorial Graves are built on the surface as concrete tombs because digging into the ground will likely unearth another hot spring.
That morning we had met the nicest Scottish couple you could ever hope to meet. It was quite amusing they were on a 'flashpackers’ month holiday and were not suffering the constraints of stretching funds over 5 months as we are. Their departing shot disproved that all Jocks are tight, as they gave us there leftover ‘flashpacker’ supplies much to K’s delight. We indulged in some of their gifted goodies after we had cooked our own hungi in the steam ovens. What a great day.