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David’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 01 Mar 2018

Location: Blue Lake, Rotarua, New Zealand

MapMarch 1st. Started the day visiting the Craters of the Moon just outside Taupo. It's a thermal vent area with loads of fumaroles, steam vents and boiling mud pools. Strange to wander through with bushes giving off steam. Drove on to Whakarewarewa Thermal Village where unfortunately the weather turned damp and showery. As the name suggests it's a Maori village, our guide grew up there, built around thermal pools they use for cooking, bathing, the works. Some of the pools are over 50m deep and 110 deg C at the surface - hotter at depth. Even the cemetery had vents to release the steam below the surface. Got a view of the Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers (20-30m high). Watched a Maori cultural performance of song, dance and naturally the Haka! After a while the sulphide smells got a bit much so drove up to a site on the Blue Lake, which was a bit grey today as was the Green Lake we could see from a viewpoint on the walk round the lake. Ended our day with half an hour in the site hot tub - aaahh😌!!