The Painters Palette
This was captured a long hike in Kuirau Park, another area of geothermal activity just outside of Rotorua. The colors from this bubbling stream and mineral build ups reminded us of a painter’s palette after many pigments have been mixed in the creation of some beautiful work.
Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, is also remarkable : hot bubbling mud pools dot the park, lending a surreal air to the setting. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell the city gives.
The especially pungent smell in the central-east ‘Te Ngae’ area is due to the dense sulphur deposits located next to the southern boundary of the Government Gardens, in the area known as ‘Sulphur Point’.