While tiki touring around on Sunday we decided a road trip to Rotorua was a good idea. As alot of you know I grew up in Auckland, then lived in Northland for 20 years so I'm not from this region, it's been many years since I visited Rotorua, probably not since I was a child.
We persuaded my 18 year old daughter to get out of the house and come with us. One place we stopped at was Waiotapu Geothermal Pools. Most of Rotorua is Geothermal - meaning here and there are hot springs and bubbling pools.
The geothermal area covers 18 kilometres and is protected as a scenic reserve.
Waiotapu is the Maori word for "sacred waters". It is so hot that the whole area is fenced off.
Prior to European occupation the land was the home of the Ngati Whaoa tribe.
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