Geothermal Activity in Rotorua
Without too much exaggeration, it can be said
that Rotorua is one of the geothermal wonders of the world. It
is full of outrageously coloured pools and lakes and some really
wild looking silicate and mineral formations.
You can also see multi-hued lichen, moss and salt deposits.
There are some exquisite rock structures and terraces that
were formed by (and continue to be shaped by) centuries of
volcanic activity. There are gurgling and hissing geysers,
plopping mud pools, smoking craters (technically called "fumaroles")
and hot springs. The whole place is charged with something of a
primordial ambiance (if you can ignore the occasional
sign of the tourism business) and features a range of natural
phenomenon that challenge the auditory, visual and
The main geothermal areas are: