14 February 2012

Te Puia Termal Reserve

The Te Puia Thermal Reserve was a perfect start to an amazing day. It was a rainy day, but a great one to explore the bubbling mud pools and geysers situated on this land owned by the Maoris. We had an awesome Maori guide who taught us about various Maori stories and carvings depicting these stories. As opposed to the Aborginals in Australia, I felt that the Maoris were very accessible, welcoming and willing to share their traditions and culture.

Te Puia Maori cultural centre

Our guide and one of the longest words I've ever seen

Bubbling mud pools!

Christy in front of Te Puia's geyser

Me and Te Puia's geyser

A hand-carved waka, or canoe

It was fascinating to watch these guys carve

Te Puia's geyser in action:

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