Destination: Rotorua, New Zealand

Haere mai (welcome) to New Zealand
Haere Mai / Welcome To New Zealand. Artist unknown.
W. A. G. Skinner, Wellington. ca. 1920, color lithograph.
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In Hot Water

More than five hundred hot springs, ranging from clear bubbling water to boiling mud, roil and spurt at Whakarewarewa on the southern side of Rotorua, New Zealand. The geothermally-heated pools at Rotorua were used by the Maoris for cooking; flax bags containing food were lowered and left in the water, which reaches nearly 210 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm pools were used for bathing and laundering. In the background is a wharenui, a building to house meetings, marriages and funerals.

To the far right is the Pohutu Geyser, which loosely translates to “big splash” or “explosion.” The largest geyser in the area, Pohutu erupts two to three times per hour and can reach heights topping 300 feet.