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Te Whakarewarewa

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Te Whakarewarewa is a geothermal field used by Maoris as a fortress as early as the 14th Century – spitting steam, smelling of sulphur and erupting mud it would have been a pretty intimidating area to try and do battle in. For the Maori people who lived here it was very convenient – they used the hot ground for heating, cooking and drying things and the hot water for bathing. The sulphur smell dies away after a while. There are also more than 500 hot spring pools, so that would have been a nice addition to any settlement.

These days the spouting geysers, mudpools and steam remains and there are some important Maori cultural museums and recreated villages.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Te Whakarewarewa”

Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island.' Read more...

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“Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve the NZ Maori Arts Crafts Institute”

Like the pictures of a book, arts and crafts are the pages of the Maori culture. It’s how stories were told and passed down through generations; how traditions and genealogy were preserved. History was carved and woven. For 38 years, students from tribe… Read more...

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