Rotorua, New Zealand

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Rotorua is the North Island's tourist destination par excellence, one of the world's most concentrated and accessible geothermal areas, where twenty-metre geysers spout among kaleidoscopic mineral pools, steam wafts over cauldrons of boiling mud and terraces of encrusted silicates drip like stalactites. But constant hydrothermal activity is only part of Rotorua's appeal. The naturally hot water lured Maori to settle around Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera, using the hottest pools for cooking and bathing, and building their whare (houses) on warm ground to drive away the winter chill. …
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