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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:32 AM   #1
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STEAM + FORESTS + MYTH [ROTORUA REGION] NEW ZEALAND

Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the North Island of New Zealand. Rotorua city has an estimated permanent population of 56,100; the Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 68,700. The city is in the heart of the North Island, just 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Tauranga, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 kilometres (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 kilometres (140 mi) southeast of the nation's most populous city, Auckland. Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. The city is also famous for the many spa pools and resorts. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies. The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding the city of Rotorua.

As stated before, thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua's tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) —so named after it was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption— are within easy reach of the city. In Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, hot bubbling mud pools dot the park. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell the city gives. The especially pungent smell in the central-east ‘Te Ngae’ area is due to the dense sulphur deposits located next to the southern boundary of the Government Gardens, in the area known as ‘Sulphur Point’.


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A great taster.

For some reason the house scene looks very British - probably because of the red box!
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A great taster.

For some reason the house scene looks very British - probably because of the red box!
NZ was extremely British during the Victorian era and in some parts it still is - Dunedin is known as little Scotland and Christchurch is little England. It is little wonder that so many British immigrants choose NZ because most feel right at home
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Great new thread and very nice photos
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a great nice place to unwind, relax and get rejuvenated...
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a great nice place to unwind, relax and get rejuvenated...
That was the idea until we discovered all the things to do and now we need a holiday Thanks for the comment mate.
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Nice pictures, and so is the place. New Zealand is a dream that came truth!!!
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What a cute fella that ostrich is!
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What a cute fella that ostrich is!
He is lovely, could have cuddled it but decided against it

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