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New Zealand: Photos from Whakarewarewa in Rotorua

The arch in front of Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village, is a great place to find geothermal activity and Maori culture. We enjoyed the hangi pie, cooked using the natural geothermal activity, and the presentation of Maori dances, songs, and the haka. There are several places to walk and observe the geothermal features of the area. Here are some photos from our trip there.

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New Zealand: Rotorua’s Alpin Motel and Conference Centre Provides a Great Place to Stay

Alpin Motel and Conference Centre

Rotorua’s Alpin Motel and Conference Centre was our favorite motel in New Zealand. It had all the comforts of home and added a hot tub filled with geothermally heated and mineralized water. The room was large, had a kitchen, and the couple in charge were really nice. The motel was the only place we stayed that provided a French press, or plunger, and ground coffee to go in it. (Everywhere else had instant coffee.)

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New Zealand: Experience Life the Traditional, Geothermal Way at the Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa

Hangi, corn on the cob and steam pudding all prepared through geothermal steam

The Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa in New Zealand near Rotorua sits on a geothermal site filled with mud pots, geysers, and boiling water. The people living in the village harvest the heat as they have since first occupying this space in 1325. The true name of “Whaka” is the second longest place name in New Zealand. For the ease of use, it is often shortened with a pronunciation of “waka” rather than the Maori pronunciation, which sounds too close to an English swear word.

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New Zealand: A Short Survey of Rotorua

Champagne Lake

By booking a Hobbiton/Waitomo tour and travel together with Bush and Beach, we were able to extend our time in Rotorua by a day. That’s great news because Rotorua is a volcanic bonanza of amazingness.

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