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Hot Springs and spas

Lovely day being shown around this lovely town. Rotorua, a town of 70,00 people is nestled in a huge volcanic crater 20km across and on the edge of a large lake. The region has 18 lakes in total.

We were taken to all the geo thermal areas and hot springs that Rotorua is famous for starting first at Te Puia Thermal reserve. The maoris lived here and cooked their food over these same vents in the ground.

The bubbling mud pools of boiling water are still used for cooking and we even had our boxed lunch cooked out here.

The Pohuta geyser erupts 1 – 2 times a year and shoots water and steam as high as 30 metres

After lunch we headed with our togs to the Polynesian spa - hot mineral spa springs of various temperatures. It is nestled on the shore of Lake Rotorua which is a great backdrop when you are sitting in the hot springs.

Peple have flocked here since the 1800's and the pools are 36 degrees to 42 degrees. As it was cold and drizzly outside we stupidly thought we would start in the hottest pool of 42 degrees and could not get past our knees as it was so hit!! So we started off in the 36 degree pool and worked our way slowly up to the 42 degrees .

Priest Hot Spring is slightly acidic and relieves tired muscles aches and pains and was named after a priest who has been crippled from arthritis but healed after bathing in the waters in 1878

Rachel Hot Spring is alkaline and nourishes the skin

We spent a lovely couple of hours relaxing in these hot springs - such a treat !

Thermal Spa pools

Thermal Spa pools


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Cold and drizzly

Cold and drizzly


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Leigh

Leigh


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Box our lunch was cooked in

Box our lunch was cooked in


Taking out our lunch

Taking out our lunch


Transporting our lunch back for us

Transporting our lunch back for us


Steamed lunch came out of here

Steamed lunch came out of here


Thermal Reserve

Thermal Reserve


Leigh and Leanne

Leigh and Leanne


Steambox lunch

Steambox lunch


Lunchtime

Lunchtime


Ticket Office

Ticket Office


Hot Springs

Hot Springs


Hot Springs

Hot Springs


Hot Springs

Hot Springs


View from Hotel of lake

View from Hotel of lake

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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