Kaituna River Jet Boat Adventure, Rotorua City Tour & Te Puia Geyers
Snack - Muffin or Scone
Tour Participation Requirements
Twenty times a day the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere, Pohutu, blows to a height of nearly 100 feet. Steamy and bubbly, it commands the attention of everyone around, refusing to be ignored. According to Maori legend, geysers are a gift from the gods, and they're obviously quite fond of Rotorua, having doled out geysers like an ancient Maori Santa Claus.
Five hundred natural hot springs dot the landscape of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, which appropriately translates to the valley "where the gods breathed fire." About 65 of these springs are geysers, of which seven remain active, but Pohutu is the granddaddy of them all, erupting consistently every hour.
This geothermal valley is an area of cultural significance for New Zealanders as is the nearby ancient Maori fortress of Te Puia, first occupied in the early 1300s. Today, Te Puia is a center of arts and culture featuring native Maori haka (dance) performances, carving and weaving demonstrations, and a live kiwi enclosure where you can sneak a peek at the country's native bird.
An unforgettable trip along the Kaituna River on a jet boat that winds its way through forests and canyons and a visit to Te Puia – wow. After seeing Rotorua's natural beauty and experiencing its native culture, you'll see that geysers weren't the only gifts from the gods.
The Horseshoe of Fire?
Seventy-five percent of all active volcanoes on Earth sit somewhere along the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, including New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu, one of the more active, erupting about every 50 years. Stretching from South America, up North America's Pacific coast, over the Bering Strait, and down through Japan to New Zealand, the "ring" is actually shaped more like a horseshoe, but "horseshoe of fire" just doesn't sound as catchy, does it? Johnny Cash certainly didn't think so.
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