Last month you heard about the 2008 trip we made to New Zealand for a friend’s wedding. This photograph was taken whilst we were in Rotorua. It was the day after we’d been reunited with the groom for the first time in c.3 years.
Rotorua is known as nature’s spa of the South Pacific. It’s said Rotorua’s geothermal water, mineral-enriched muds, Maori massage and indigenous herbs play a special role in local spa culture. Located in the Bay of Plenty region, it offers a myriad of spa options whether a simple soak in a thermal stream or a full day at a luxurious spa.
The smell of sulphur in the air is characteristic of Rotorua. It’s also the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture. Although most of the Maori population live in urban areas, there are marae (meeting grounds) in the Rotorua district.
If you’re looking to view the amazing volcanic activity in the Rotorua region, you can visit Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Hell’s Gate – a spooky thermal reserve. You can also check out the Pohutu Geyser which can shoot water 100 feet skyward.
Having travelled over 100km from Hamilton, we opted for a standard spa where we had the opportunity to sit in our own spring. It was a strange sensation being surrounded by bubbling mud pools, geysers and steaming craters. But relaxing nonetheless. A perfect stopover before continuing our journey southwards to the wedding.
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