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Rotorua

Listed under Hot Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Rotorua is attractively situated on the shores of a vast caldera lake that blew out in a titanic prehistoric eruption; the abundant hydrothermal activity of the region is the only sign of volcanic life remaining today.

Rotorua has been a spa resort since the late 19th century when "taking the waters" was considered essential for peak health (as opposed to simply being enjoyable). Today not only can one "take the waters" but there are also a number of interesting hydrothermally active sites to see in the area. These include Hell's Gate (so-named by George Bernard Shaw), Waimangu volcanic valley (with the world's largest hot spring), Waitoapu (featuring craters of spattering hot mud, the largest silica terraces in New Zealand, and the beautifully colored Champagne Pool), and Te Puia adjacent to Rotorua town. Te Puia features one of the world's most active geysers, Pohutu, which usually spouts once or twice an hour but has been known to erupt for days on end. An impending eruption is signalled by the spurting of the neighboring Price of Wales Feathers geyser. Pohutu can occasionally reach 90 feet but heights of 30-50 feet are more common. It is the most spectacular regularly erupting geyser outside of Yellowstone.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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“Rotorua's Blue and Green Lakes”

The Blue and Green Lakes are on the road to Te Wairoa and Lake Tarawera. The Green Lake is off-limits except for its viewing area, but the Blue Lake is a popular picnic and swimming area. The best place to view the lakes' vibrant colors is from the isth… Read more...

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How the World Began

Rotorua is one of the best places in the world to find conditions similar to the time when life was first formed on earth. The heady mixture of chemicals and geothermal activity allowed the first simple organisms to develop - very like the orange fur-like soup that is created in the hot springs here today.

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