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The Rotorua region is home to more than 1200 geothermal features including geysers, hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles, as well as silica terraces and flats. These natural forces provide a visually spectacular expression of the power of creation. Rotorua’s geothermal phenomena are internationally famous and for good reason. The area’s unique environment of steaming footpaths, hot pools and mud pools offer a geothermal backdrop that is out of this world.
The historical and cultural significance of the Rotorua geothermal field is equally as fascinating as it is visually. For Maori, it continues to hold a spiritual significance, many of the pools each holding different names and their own individual histories and legends. The local Maori people see themselves as kaitaki (guardians) of the geothermal resources, which they use for bathing, cooking, medicines, dyes and rituals, ensuring its preservation for future generations.
Being local to the area Pure Cruise know the best places to go to get the most of your geothermal experience on Lake Rotoiti and the Rotorua area:
Manupirua Thermal Springs
A totally unique New Zealand experience, Manupirua Thermal Springs can be found on the southern shore of Lake Rotoiti. These natural mineral pools are only accessible by boat and sit in an unspoiled and pristine natural forest overlooking beautiful Lake Rotoiti. As well as offering a secluded, relaxing bathing experience, the thermal spring water of these beautiful natural baths has been regarded as having healing properties. Sail lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise and experience these unique thermal springs for yourself.
This geothermal valley is home to one of the few remaining geysers left in the world; the Pohutu geyser. The Pohutu geyser erupts up to twenty times a day and can reach heights of up to 30 metres (100 feet). As well as the geysers, mineral pools and mud pools, Te Puia is also home to a Maori village and marae where you are invited to share in their traditions song and dance, and using the natural geothermal resources for cooking.
Mount Tarawera is located 24 km southeast of Rotorua and with a summit of 1111 it offers spectacular views of the surrounding lakes and beyond. It is a series of rhyolite domes with a 6 kilometre-long chasm crater. You can fly with Helipro and land on the summit of the sacred Mt Tarawera and explore the amazing volcanic terrain of this dormant Rotorua icon.
If you are after the ultimate indulgence then Polynesian Spa, situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, is the place to go. This award winning thermal spa offers a range hot mineral bathing areas from a Family Spa through to private pools, as well as many sumptuous spa therapies. Geothermal water, from both an alkaline and an acidic hot mineral spring flow into the 26 thermal pools at Polynesian Spa.
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