My first glimpse was of gorgeous NZ green.
|A green you don't often see in Australia|
The larger ones have gates and you can walk around inside
|Often the view is a bizarre contrast between sulphurous primeval ooze|
and traditional English garden
|The pukekos didn't seem to mind the smell too much|
Some of the smaller areas you just peer over the fence. Each one was slightly different. It makes you look at the world differently. We tend to look out at our landscape and see stability, rocks, a view that doesn't really change from one day to the next, from one decade to the next. But Rotorua gives you a glimpse of the instability that lies just below the surface. I saw a sign that said Rotorua has an earthquake a day (but Richter 2 and so not felt by us). My taxi driver snorted at that, and said they had more like 30 a day. He was happy about that as the pressure is being released.
|This pool was amazing the water was very clear like in a limestone cave|
It photographed like a mirror though
|All over town steam or bubbling water would come up between rocks|
|More bubbling mud|
There's a large lake in the middle of the park. That bridge was minutes away from all the wisteria opening when I saw it. A few of the flowers were out on the other side. The tulips were out all around the lake and very pretty, but there was a busload of Chinese tourists in front of, or in, every stand of tulips.
There are a couple of warm foot baths in the park too, so you can soak your feet for a while in the warm waters.
|Cement horse troughs from the early twentieth century|
In use til the 1940s
dogs drank from the lower section
|It was very eerie walking through this one|
the wind constantly shifting the view
|The steam was actually quite warm, and fogged up my glasses a few times|
|I saw a lot of this orange ?lichen near sulphurous areas|
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