We turned away from the east coast today and headed towards the volcanic middle of North Island. As we drove round Lake Rotorua we came across Hamurana Springs, where thousands of gallons of crystal clear water emerge from the ground every minute. The stream running through the park has lots of waterfowl on it and it’s so clear they look as if they’re floating in mid-air.
Kuirau Park is a Free Access Thermal Park on the edge of the town with lots of little boiling mud pools and hot water spouts with pathways between them.
museum and art gallery.
Wiamangu Volcanic Valley. This valley was formed when a line of craters, totalling 16kms, erupted almost overnight in 1886. Part of it went off again as a geyser in 1900 which continued for 4 years, and in 1917 it went bang again reforming the lake at the bottom. Since then it’s been quiet. This is what it looked like shortly after the 1886 eruption,
Waikite Valley Hot Pools for the night. We thought last night was heaven but this was even better.