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Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area that lies within Rotorua, New Zealand. Māori people have lived here for centuries, living in harmony with the geothermal force that sits beneath their feet.
In Māori myths and legends it is said that when Te Hoata and Te Pupu (Goddesses of Fire) travelled from Hawaiki in the form of fire to relieve their brother’s chills, they created New Zealand’s volcanoes, mud pools, geysers and hot springs.
There are multiple ways to appreciate the geothermal treasures that live beneath the ground at Whakarewarewa. Whether you want to be mesmerised by the boiling mud or learn more about the geological forces created Whakarewarewa over millennia, we have ample opportunity explore the famous geothermal wonders that have kept visitors coming back for centuries.
This is the largest hot spring in the village and every 45 minutes to an hour the pool pulsates where the water begins to rise. After each pulsation when the water level drops, bubbles rise to the surface hence the nickname “The Champagne Pool”. The pool is used for cooking of leaf and root vegetables and seafood. Corn is also cooked at this pool for our Manuhiri (Visitors) to enjoy.
From our platforms you can see two of NZ’s most active geysers. Pohutu to the left and Prince of Wales ‘Feathers’ to the right. Only Mother Nature determines when the geyser will erupt but on average it will erupt at least once every hour. Pohutu is the most famous and largest of all NZ’s geysers and when erupting the plume varies in height from 10 to 40 meters however the Prince of Wales Feathers is the most active geyser.
Experience all of Whakarewarewa's geothermal wonders with our guided Village Tour.
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