Rotura is a unique area on the north island of New Zealand that offers many sites for photography lovers. This destination was not originally on my itinerary, but after much research I decided to extend my trip to include Rotorua. It ended up being well worth it. This area offers stunning geothermal sites, Maori culture, and entertainment which nicknamed the area Roto-vegas. The first thing you notice when visiting Rotorua is that the entire area smells of sulfur. Also, there is steam emanating from the ground in all directions. But that is only the beginning. The wonders of the geothermal sites will literally take your breath away, if the sulfur smell hadn't already.
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The top attractions to photograph in Rotorua are:
Waiotapu Thermal Springs: This scenic geothermal area is about a half hour from Rotoua and contains a geyser, champagne pool, artist palate, and bubbling mud pools (all of which are featured in the video). The path around the area is about a two mile walk, with each of the sites clearly marked. You will see geothermal pools in wild colors, from neon green to neon yellow. The ground is also covered in colors that range from orange to bright green from the sulfur. If you time the trip right, you can see the geyser erupt.
Te Puia: This is the Maori cultural center that features a recreated Maori village, complete with basket weaving activities, wood carving areas, musical performance, and of course- food. The guide takes you through the unique Maori traditions and explains how they adapted to their geothermal surroundings, utilizing the boiling pools for cooking. The site is also situated on a geothermal area where you can see the Pohutu Geyser, which erupts to 35 meters high!
Rotorua Museum of Art: This museum is also worth seeing as it contains an interesting collection of Maori artifacts.
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