Tuesday 21st May 2013
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
In the morning we visited the community at Whakarewarewa, a Maori village that demonstrates how geothermal energy can be used in daily life. We took a guided tour of the village and saw how steam from the ground is used to cook food in oven-like wooden boxes (hangi), create hot pools used for cooking as well as more temperate pools for washing and relaxation.
Just next to Whakarewarewa is Te Puia. Te Puia is the competing cultural experience and the precise location for impressive geysers such as Pohutu and Te Tohu (Prince of Wales Feathers). However, from the viewing platform at Whakarewarewa we were still able to get a good view of some boiling hot water shooting towards the sky. Continue reading Rotorua day 3 – Whakarewarewa Thermal Village and Rainbow Springs