The Painters Palette

Stinky Beauty

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’.


One response

  1. Great photo. It sort of reminds me of Yellowstone

    May 14, 2011 at 4:10 am

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