We spent the day in Rotorua. The day began with an overcast sky, but eventually the sun tried to make an appearance. Certainly an improvement from the previous day.
In addition to being the Maori cultural heartland (see Dec 19 post), Rotorua is also known for its geothermal features. If you've been to Yellowstone National Park, you will have an idea of what Rotorua is like (and smells like!). More on this in a bit. First, we started with the waterfront on Lake Rotorua.
There is a nice park and promenade along the lake front. The boats are strictly recreational in nature, or for tourist activities. There are also a number of float planes that are used for flying tours over the area. As with much of the rest of New Zealand, the landscape is defined by volcanic activity and Lake Rotorua is simply water that has accumulated in a volcanic crater (caldera). The hills in the area are old volcanoes. Given the geothermal activity of the area, I expect some of them are still active.
Lakeland Queen. This boat was built in 1986 and modelled after a Mississippi river boat. It will take you on dinner cruises.We started up the hill from the lake to one of the city parks. The church is St. Faith's Anglican Church (built in 1910).
This is the walkway up to the Rotorua Museum of Art and History.
The museum is housed in the historic Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. Rotorua Museum opened in the South Wing of the Bath House in 1969 and Rotorua Art Gallery opened in the North wing in 1977. In 1988 the two operations combined to become Rotorua Museum of Art and History.
From the top, this looks like several trees closely packed, but there is only one trunk at the bottom. They look like some kind of cedar tree.
Looking back from whence we came.
From the viewing platform on the top floor.
Rotorua is yet another interesting place and another on our "next time" list. We liked both the cultural and geological aspects of the place, but didn't have enough time to delve into either in a serious way.