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Rotorua, a place to remember

Many people tried their luck in last week’s photo quiz. From dark chocolate, coffee cream and dessert to spinning wheel of a potter to a smelly gutter… the answers showed how our imagination flies. 😀

The deceiving photo….

While posting I had made a small mistake and later didn’t want to correct it. Foxnomad was intelligent enough to catch it. I was wondering if somebody would do so. 🙂

Well, the answer is ‘a bubbling mud of a hot sulphur geyser’ in Rotorua in New Zealand. The winner is Zhu. I have enabled all comments on that post. Go and check. 🙂

Another hot mud bubble. They make gurgling sound similar to when you cook something with thick gravy.

Besides beautiful cities, tallest tower in southern hemisphere and breathtaking scenic countryside, there is one more place in New Zealand which we can not ignore. Rotorua.

On our visit to New Zealand, Rotorua was very much in agenda. It was a place to remember, so were we told. And truly so.

The area is well known for its extensive geo-thermal activity; gushes of steam poking up in not only this volcanic area but all places including busy streets.

Famous for its hot sulphur geysers; the place smells incredibly of it.

This spectacular geyser erupts throughout the day, bubbling up from below the ground and shooting up to as high as 30 metres, displaying the awesome powers of nature and in a matter of seconds that the background is hidden from our view in haze.

The paths make their way though volcanic landscapes with pools of bubbling, boiling mud all over the place.  We were not allowed to go very near it and at places there were barricades as well, for, we don’t know when a volcano suddenly decides to welcome us in its own style. 🙂

Hot burning lava

The ground beneath our feet was damp, soft and hot forcing us to tread carefully. Extinct volcanic craters made way for Rotorua’s crystal lakes.

Rotorua place remember

A closer look of red hot lava

The Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year.  A must see place if you happen to be in New Zealand.

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18 thoughts on “Rotorua, a place to remember”

  1. Yeahhhhh!

    I loved this place but it took me a while to get used to the smell. But after a few days, you don’t even smell it anymore.

    I also remember Rotorua as the city which has a “drive-through liquor store”. I found it hilarious.
    .-= Zhu´s last [post] ..On Campus (Part III) =-.

  2. Ram,
    Le Monde 🙂

    Ha Ha… only one person got it right so I guess it was quite confusing. But keep trying in all quizzes.

    Sure, it’s place not to be missed. 🙂

  3. Zhu,
    Yeah, it was a sight to see sulphur everywhere… on the road, in the air and in our nostrils as well !
    Next time I am going there for a longer period to enjoy it fully.

    See, how wrong you were ! 😛

  4. Anrosh,
    You were near to the answer. 🙂

    Varjeshwari? never been to.

    You are not the only one to mistake it for icecream. 🙂

    You must have done practicals in science labs. Remember the smell ?

  5. Vamsee,
    I have read about those volcanoes.

    Yes, the burning lava was pretty close and at some places there were barricades/ staff to dissuade us from going or touching it.

    I don’t think you cheated. You were smart ! 😀

  6. Namita,
    Hey, welcome again ! 🙂

    You must visit New Zealand one day. There is so much to see that I want to go there again.

    Never been to Bangkok but going to Thailand very soon. Keep checking this blog for updates. 😀

  7. Siddhartha,
    Well, I am a backpacker. I do not stay or use five star things and prefer to be with locals enjoying local cuisines.

    And have you heard this “Where there is a will, there is a way: ? 😀

    Keep coming.

  8. Rotorua looks fascinating. Had not hear of this place, but am attracted to it reading your post. Volcanoes have always held a special fascination for me. Would love to visit one someday.

    1. Thank you for finding & commenting on this post. 🙂

      Rotorua is indeed a place to visit. Let me know if you need any info when you head there.

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