Being the first ones into the geothermal area near Rotorua, New Zealand, we wandered and wondered at the beauty of area surrounded by steam and solitude. After many miles of discovery we found the Oyster Pool that was fed by a warm geothermal stream. Getting our photo gear together, we sat on the surrounding rocks to find that the rocks were REALLY warm. After hours of freezing trekking, it was such a treat to have a natural “seat warmer”! The colors were absolutely brilliant as we tried to capture in this image.
The name Rotorua comes from Maori, the full name being Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe; roto means lake and rua two – Rotorua thus meaning ‘Second lake’. Kahumatamomoe was the uncle of the Maori chief Ihenga, the ancestral explorer of the Te Arawa. It was the second major lake the chief discovered, and he dedicated it to his uncle. It is the largest of a multitude found to the northeast of the city, all connected with the Rotorua Caldera. www.kerstenbeck.com