Unlike most of the disappearing natural wonders, Rotorua is more of an ecosystem in transition, rather than completely vanishing. What your eyes will see today might as well not be there tomorrow, because the lands of volcanoes are in a permanent change and the landscapes alters constantly. And because of the underground geothermal activity, steam is leaking through the cracks of the earth's surface, creating a magical fogy atmosphere. Rotorua is one of those wonderlands where subterranean live comes out steaming through the land's thickness.
The hot springs have made Rotorua famous since the 19th century, although nature is very unpredictable around Mt. Tarawera, an active volcano. The effervescent mud, the spa destinations and hot water lakes made Rotorua famous for its geothermal activity, becoming a vivid touristic attraction. But this is a double-sided story, as the same factors make the area unpredictable and slightly dangerous because of the continuous transformation of the land.
But we must admit, this is a very spectacular landscape where there's no room for boredom. Wherever you look there's something to delight your eye. Downtown you can visit a thermal reserve on a landscape full of mud pools and the Pohutu Geyser that shoots 10 to 25 time every days up to 16 to 20 meters.The Village of Te Wairoa was buried by the 1886 eruption, but was excavated afterwords. New Zealand's largest bubbling mud pool, Lady Knowx Geyser, and Devil's Bath 'fluorescent' -green water from Waiotapu are just some of the amazing destinations you can put on your to-do list.
But don't be surprised by the unpleasing smell. There's nothing moldy about this place, it is just the emanations of Carbon dioxide, Sulfur dioxide and small amounts of chlorine and fluoride, nothing abnormal for a volcanic zone with active geothermal activity. You might even be surprised after a couple of days when you'll find yourself enjoying it.
Rotorua and its bubbling mud, boiling lakes and gases is part of the Taupo Volcano Zone extends over more than 250 kilometers and is part of the 'Pacific ring of fire' that is home of over 425 volcanoes. Big pools full of tourist or small natural hot mud holes make the great show us thermal activity, but since you're there - or planing to visit - wake up early and admire the sunrise as the light merges through the exhalation of the world, and you'll feel closer to mid earth's breath.
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