‘Back to the chemistry labs’…
Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
82Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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Next was a trip to a Maori church set by Rotorua lake. Such an incredible building inside and out. A fascinating sight as due to the vast amount of heat underground, they Moari’s cannot bury their dead underground. Bright white caskets surround this fairly humble looking building. Inside were intricate carvings in the pews and the walls were lined with bamboo weaving. Bev tells us these varying patterns in the tapestries all tell stories which relate to the Moari’s ancestors. The church also has a very unusual window which features, I hope Nana isn’t reading this, Jesus but in a Moari form. We went on from the church to have lunch in the bay of the lake, stunning views across to the island - the weather is incredible here, I still can’t believe it’s winter!
After lunch we moved on to Whakarewarewa, the living thermal village. Incredible, the houses here were built close to living geysers to generate heat in the winter months. It seems so unstable to a H&S conscious Westerner, but this method of living has provided hot water, and a communal method of boiling food and linen. The open areas of ground also showed through
some mud pools marketed as age-defying, but L’Oreal told me that also… We saw the ‘Prince of Wales’ geyser blow, so-named due to it’s dual-plume of steam, reaching up to 40 m! We then left the village and drove on to the Waikite valley thermal pools for a relaxing dip. Incredible. We were in the equivalent of 40C naturally heated pools, looking through thick plumes of steam rising from the source below, over fields of grazing sheep. NZ is clean, green and beautiful. After nearly passing out in the pools we set off for home, enjoying a nice meal in our last night at the beach house.