Rotorua is a very active geothermal area. Steam vents are everywhere, even in local parks, and there are several areas of active geysers and boiling mud pools. The area is also strongly influenced by the local Maori people.
|Lake Rotorua -- it wasn't a great idea to pick a hotel on its shores, as the sulphur smell was stronger there than elsewhere in the city|
|Hard to see, I know, but this is a water organ with colored lights playing on various water jets that respond to music being played in the room|
||Steam vents are all over, even on a path in a neighborhood park|
||Meetinghouse at Maori Arts and Crafts Institute|
||Maori storehouse at Maori Arts and Crafts Institute|
||Maori chief at the te wero ("challenge") part of the Maori evening through Tamaki Tours, which takes you to a real Maori village|